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A bioturbation classification of European marine infaunal invertebrates

(2013) ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION. 3(11). p.3958-3985
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Bioturbation, the biogenic modification of sediments through particle reworking and burrow ventilation, is a key mediator of many important geochemical processes in marine systems. In situ quantification of bioturbation can be achieved in a myriad of ways, requiring expert knowledge, technology, and resources not always available, and not feasible in some settings. Where dedicated research programmes do not exist, a practical alternative is the adoption of a trait-based approach to estimate community bioturbation potential (BPc). This index can be calculated from inventories of species, abundance and biomass data (routinely available for many systems), and a functional classification of organism traits associated with sediment mixing (less available). Presently, however, there is no agreed standard categorization for the reworking mode and mobility of benthic species. Based on information from the literature and expert opinion, we provide a functional classification for 1033 benthic invertebrate species from the northwest European continental shelf, as a tool to enable the standardized calculation of BPc in the region. Future uses of this classification table will increase the comparability and utility of large-scale assessments of ecosystem processes and functioning influenced by bioturbation (e.g., to support legislation). The key strengths, assumptions, and limitations of BPc as a metric are critically reviewed, offering guidelines for its calculation and application.
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SEDIMENT REWORKING, POLYCHAETE NEREIS-DIVERSICOLOR, IN-SITU, ECOSYSTEM FUNCTION, BENTHIC HABITATS, FRESH-WATER, IMPACT, DISTURBANCE, COMMUNITY, TRAITS

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Queirós, Ana M, Silvana NR Birchenough, Julie Bremner, et al. “A Bioturbation Classification of European Marine Infaunal Invertebrates.” ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION 3.11 (2013): 3958–3985. Print.
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Queirós, A. M., Birchenough, S. N., Bremner, J., Godbold, J. A., Parker, R. E., Romero-Ramirez, A., Reis, H., et al. (2013). A bioturbation classification of European marine infaunal invertebrates. ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, 3(11), 3958–3985.
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Queirós, Ana M, Silvana NR Birchenough, Julie Bremner, Jasmin A Godbold, Ruth E Parker, Alicia Romero-Ramirez, Henning Reis, et al. 2013. “A Bioturbation Classification of European Marine Infaunal Invertebrates.” Ecology and Evolution 3 (11): 3958–3985.
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Queirós, Ana M, Silvana NR Birchenough, Julie Bremner, Jasmin A Godbold, Ruth E Parker, Alicia Romero-Ramirez, Henning Reis, Martin Solan, Paul J Somerfield, Carl Van Colen, Gert Van Hoey, and Stephen Widdicombe. 2013. “A Bioturbation Classification of European Marine Infaunal Invertebrates.” Ecology and Evolution 3 (11): 3958–3985.
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Queirós AM, Birchenough SN, Bremner J, Godbold JA, Parker RE, Romero-Ramirez A, et al. A bioturbation classification of European marine infaunal invertebrates. ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION. 2013;3(11):3958–85.
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A. M. Queirós et al., “A bioturbation classification of European marine infaunal invertebrates,” ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, vol. 3, no. 11, pp. 3958–3985, 2013.
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  author       = {Queirós, Ana M and Birchenough, Silvana NR and Bremner, Julie and Godbold, Jasmin A and Parker, Ruth E and Romero-Ramirez, Alicia and Reis, Henning and Solan, Martin and Somerfield, Paul J and Van Colen, Carl and Van Hoey, Gert and Widdicombe, Stephen},
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  journal      = {ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION},
  keywords     = {SEDIMENT REWORKING,POLYCHAETE NEREIS-DIVERSICOLOR,IN-SITU,ECOSYSTEM FUNCTION,BENTHIC HABITATS,FRESH-WATER,IMPACT,DISTURBANCE,COMMUNITY,TRAITS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {11},
  pages        = {3958--3985},
  title        = {A bioturbation classification of European marine infaunal invertebrates},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ece3.769},
  volume       = {3},
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