Effects of sill processes on the distribution of epineustonic competent larvae in a stratified system of Southern Chile
The inlets of southern Chile are characterized by a well-defined pycnocline which, acting in concert with the biological characteristics of larvae, is believed to influence planktonic larval distribution. Here, we assessed the effects of stratified flow over a sill on the spatial abundance and distribution of epineustonic competent larvae of Concholepas concholepas. We used measurements of velocity profiles using an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP), intensive plankton collections combined with simultaneous conductivity, temperature and depth (CTD) profiles, monitoring of the pycnocline depth, and temperature records from moored thermistors. Evidence of Bernoulli aspiration and an intratidal transient front was observed over the sill from CTD data and an echo-sounder trace. ADCP measurements showed intensified recirculation in the residual flow over the sill. This oceanographic feature coincided with high abundances of epineustonic competent larvae of C. concholepas over the sill area. We found evidence indicating that physical mechanisms related to sill processes can influence epineustonic competent larval distribution in a stratified system. We also propose a conceptual model that brings together larval behaviour and stratified flow patterns to explain the rise of epineustonic larvae to the surface and larval aggregation over a sill. Â© Inter-Research 2006.
|Título según WOS:||Effects of sill processes on the distribution of epineustonic competent larvae in a stratified system of Southern Chile|
|Título según SCOPUS:||Effects of sill processes on the distribution of epineustonic competent larvae in a stratified system of Southern Chile|
|Título de la Revista:||MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES|
|Fecha de publicación:||2006|
|Página de inicio:||95|