Conservation implications of Sabellaria spinulosa reef patches in a dynamic sandy-bottom environment

  • Karin van der Reijden (Speaker)

Activiteit: Academic presentationAcademic


Biogenic reefs form biodiversity hotspots, making them priority habitats for nature conservation. But dynamic, patchy reefs generally have a lower conservation status. Here, we determined the ecological effects of patchy reefs created by Sabellaria spinulosa, located in a sandy environment with strong tidal currents. Reef habitats were patchily distributed, and matched prevailing tidal bedforms. Mobile epifauna was attracted to reef habitats. Biogenic reefs are often as patchily distributed as the observed S. spinulosa reefs. Their conservation status should therefore dominantly assess the functional impact of the reefs on the prevailing ecosystem instead of its physical dimensions only.
EvenementstitelNetherlands Annual Ecology Meeting 2021
Organisator Netherlands Ecological Research Network (NERN)
LocatieWageningen, NetherlandsToon op kaart
Mate van erkenningInternational