Subtidal macroalgal assemblages differed among islands within the Recherche Archipelago, Western Australia, with respect to species biomass. To investigate whether macroalgal populations were maintained locally, settlement plates were moored in 10 to 15 m depths at a reef sampled for macroalgal diversity, and 20, 50, 100, and 500 m away from the reef. Plates were retrieved after eight months and assemblage differences were compared with distance from the sampled reef. Macroalgal richness decreased with distance from an island assemblage and molluscan richness increased. At 500 m away, the number of algal recruits was negligible and the number of bivalves was relatively high.
|Journal||Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|