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Table 3 Comparison of the dominant species ranked according to highest species abundance found per m² on intertidal mudflats, mixed sediments, sandflats and seagrass beds in different areas of the Wadden Sea

From: Spatial variability in structural and functional aspects of macrofauna communities and their environmental parameters in the Jade Bay (Wadden Sea Lower Saxony, southern North Sea)

  Jade Bay (present study) Balgzand (Beukema 1988) Königshafen (Reise et al.1994)
Mesh size/season dominant species (ind./m²)  0.5 mm/late spring/early summer 2009 1 mm/early spring 1 mm/sping and autumn 1990*
Mudflats Tubificoides benedii Corophium volutator Tharyx spp.
Hydrobia ulvae Hydrobia ulvae Macoma balthica
Pygospio elegans   Pygospio elegans
Corophium spp.   Heteromastus filiformis
Nereis spp.   Tubificoides pseudogaster
Mixed sediments Caulleriella killariensis Hydrobia ulvae  
Hydrobia ulvae Cerastoderma edule  
Pygospio elegans Mya arenaria  
Scoloplos armiger Mytilus edulis  
Sandflats/Arenicola-sandflats Hydrobia ulvae Scoloplos armiger Hydrobia ulvae
Scoloplos armiger   Scoloplos armiger
Urothoe poseidonis   Tubificoides benedii
Bathyporeia sarsi   Cerstoderma edule
   Hediste diversicolor
   Macoma balthica
Seagrass beds Hydrobia ulvae   Hydrobia ulvae
Cerastoderma edule   Scoloplos armiger
Tubificoides benedii   Cerastoderma edule
Pygospio elegans   Tubificoides benedii
Retusa obtusa   Littorina littorea
Macoma balthica   
  1. * Data are combined