Science foundation Chapter 5 Appendix 5.1: Case study marsh macroinvertebrates

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This case study includes representative macroinvertebrates that live in the marsh plain, its associated channels and pannes (ponds), and the marsh-upland transition zone. While less visible than animals such as birds, invertebrates play important roles in physical and biological processes (e.g., burrowing activity and channel bank erosion, and detritivores breaking down organic matter) and are important food resources for higher trophic animals. Common invertebrates in these habitats include plant-hopper (Prokelisia marginata), beach hopper (Traskorchestia traskiana), pygmy blue butterfly (Brephidium exilis), inchworm moth (Perizoma custodiata), western tanarthus beetle (Tanarthus occidentalis), salt marsh mosquitoes (Aedes spp.; Maffei 2000a, Maffei 2000b, Maffei 2000c), crabs (native Hemigrapsus oregonensis and introduced Carcinus maenas), copepods, snails (e.g. native California horn snail Cerithidea californica and introduced Ilyanassa obsoleta, Myosotella myosotis), polychaetes (e.g. Capitella spp., Eteone californica, Neanthes brandti), small clams (Macoma petalum/M. balthica), and corophiid amphipods (Cohen 2011, Race 1982, Robinson et al. 2011). Some common species were described in detail in the San Francisco Bay Goals Project Species and Community Profiles (Goals Project 2000).

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Other Government Series
Title Science foundation Chapter 5 Appendix 5.1: Case study marsh macroinvertebrates
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher California State Coastal Conservancy
Contributing office(s) Western Ecological Research Center
Description 8 p.
Larger Work Type Report
Larger Work Title The baylands and climate change what we can do: Baylands ecosystem habitat goals science update 2015
Country United States
State California
Other Geospatial San Francisco Bay
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