Publication details.

Paper

Year:2020
Author(s):A. Vivó-Pons, J. Alós, F. Tomas
Title:Invasion by an ecosystem engineer shifts the abundance and distribution of fish but does not decrease diversity
Journal:MARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN
ISSN:0025-326X
JCR Impact Factor:5.553
Volume:106
Issue No.:1
Pages:1-10
D.O.I.:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2020.111586
Web:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2020.111586
Abstract:egative impacts of invasive species are widely accepted, but there is increasing evidence that neutral or positive effects are more prevalent than initially recognized, particularly for species which are of different functional / trophic group than the invader. We used a BACI design to examine how fish communities responded to the invasion of Halimeda incrassata, an ecosystem engineer which colonizes sandy habitats in the Western Mediterranean. While invasion did not alter overall species richness or diversity, we detected positive, negative and neutral responses by different fish species, which has important ecological and socio-economic implications. Contrasting responses likely result from different alterations that this alga conferred, putatively increasing prey availability via habitat creation, or limiting burial and camouflage abilities of fish. Our results highlight that effects of ecosystem engineers can be multiple and complex, and that predictions of invasive species are not straight forward.

Related staff

  • Fiona Tomas Nash
  • Josep Alós Crespí
  • Related departments

  • Marine Ecology
  • Related projects

  • PHENOFISH CTA 137.1
  • AUTONATURA 2000 CTA 032
  • Related research groups

  • Marine Ecosystems Dynamics