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NAKED GOBIES (GOBIOSOMA BOSC) AS INDICATORS OF OYSTER REEF RESTORATION SUCCESS

dc.contributor.advisorPaynter, Kennedy Ten_US
dc.contributor.authorLederhouse, Terra Marieen_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-07-02T06:02:27Z
dc.date.available2009-07-02T06:02:27Z
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/9243
dc.description.abstractNaked gobies (</italic>Gobiosoma bosc</italic>) are the most abundant resident fish on oyster reefs in the Chesapeake Bay and serve as a critical trophic link between the benthic and pelagic communities. Their response to oyster restoration may therefore be a useful indicator of ecosystem functioning. Experiments were conducted from 2005-2006 in the Severn and Patuxent Rivers to determine the response of naked gobies to increasing availability of oyster substrate. Naked gobies and other resident macrofauna were collected from experimental oyster reefs, constructed using adult oysters of various densities, loose oyster shell, and ambient sediment. Naked goby abundance, length, dry weight, and biomass increased with the availability of oyster substrate and were positively correlated with the abundance of other resident macrofauna. Individual dry weight and biomass were greater on reefs with a high density of oysters than on control plots, and may therefore serve as important indicators of oyster reef habitat quality.en_US
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dc.titleNAKED GOBIES (GOBIOSOMA BOSC) AS INDICATORS OF OYSTER REEF RESTORATION SUCCESSen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentBiologyen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledBiology, Ecologyen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledAgriculture, Fisheries and Aquacultureen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledBiology, Zoologyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledChesapeake Bayen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledCrassostrea virginicaen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledGobiosoma boscen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledOystersen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledRestoration ecologyen_US


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