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Distribution of the fiddler crab (Uca minax) in relation to marsh plants within a Virginia estuary

Chesapeake Science

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The distribution and abundance of the red-jointed fiddler crab, Uca minax, was related to the distribution of marsh plants within a Virginia estuary. The crab was found in association with 15 species of marsh phanerogams, occurring with five plant species more than 20 percent of the time. These plants were Spartina alterniflora, Scirpus robustus, Distichlis spicata, Spartina patens, and Spartina cynosuroides. Densities ranged from 0-76 burrows per square meter, mean densities being 7.88 within the brackish-water marsh and 14.35 within the salt-water marsh. The crab was not obtained by sampling the freshwater marsh.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Distribution of the fiddler crab (Uca minax) in relation to marsh plants within a Virginia estuary
Series title:
Chesapeake Science
Volume
12
Issue:
3
Year Published:
1971
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
180-183
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Chesapeake Science
First page:
180
Last page:
183