Spatial variation of macroinfaunal communities in eelgrass beds across Atlantic Canada

This study used large-scale field surveys to examine differences in – and linkages between – eelgrass canopy structure, environmental parameters, and macroinfauna abundance, species richness and community composition across three biogeographic regions in Atlantic Canada. Our results provide insight into different levels of spatial variation in eelgrass habitats and highlight the important influence of benthic primary production on the macroinfauna community. This work can inform the assessment and monitoring of eelgrass beds and the evaluation of ecosystem health.

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