Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Bulletin of Marine Science
The unifying theme of the presentations in the session on the ecology of early benthic juveniles reflected a general research thrust in marine ecology and a major emphasis in blue crab ecology, specifically that the roles of dispersal and mortality in determining habitat-specific distribution patterns of young juveniles remain largely unknown. As a consequence, presentations on the ecology of postlarvae and early benthic juveniles focused on four major processes—recruitment, predation, movements, and habitat relationships, with most of the presentations integrating two or more of these processes. Two of the presentations examined recruitment and habitat relationships of young juveniles (Spitzer et al., 2001; Rakocinski et al., 2001), two dealt with dispersal of postlarvae and young juveniles in relation to habitat (Blackmon and Eggleston, 2001; Stockhausen and Lipcius, 2001), one examined predation upon young juveniles (van Montfrans et al., 2001), and one discussed mortality and movements of young juveniles (Etherington et al., 2001). The last four presentations emphasized processes in seagrass beds, whereas the others related work in systems with and without seagrass as a major habitat.
Lipcius, Rom, Summary of session: Ecology of early benthic juveniles (2003). Bulletin of Marine Science, 72(2), 367-369.