|Meiofauna Of The Atlantic Shores|
|Ecology of Atlantic Shores|
|Introduction to Meiofauna|
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Meiofauna are the tiny invertebrates living within the sediment of the sea. The term Meiofauna is derived from the Greek word "meio" meaning smaller (Funch,2002). The size of Meiofauna ranges between 50um and 500um as compared to the size of macro or large fauna.
Meiofauna can be found in a wide diversity of habitats. They can occur in both freshwater and marine habitats, from high on the beach to the deep sea. Meiofauna is found in sediments of all kinds from the softest of muds to the coarsest gravels, and all those sediments in between. Meiofauna also can occupy several above sediment habitats like rooted vegetation, moss, macroalgae fronds, sea ice and various animal structures( coral crevices, worm tubes, echinoderm spines)(Funch, 2002).
species that were looked at in
These species were chosen because they were the most abundant species of meiofauna present, and the easiest to identify. The diversity of meiofauna was examined to see which of the beaches was the most diverse, Whalebone vs. Tobacco(Bermuda), and Nahant vs. Niles(Massachusettes). Due to time and equipment availability sediment sizes were only looked at in Massachusettes in order to compare meiofauna distribution to sediment size.
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