Special Issue "Investigation of the Biology, Ecology, Distribution of Marine Macrozoobenthic Communities"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2024 | Viewed by 7886
Interests: benthos; Sabellaria; non indigenous species; marine benthic species
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Marine benthic communities play a pivotal role in marine ecosystems and contribute to human well-being by providing essential services such as food production and nutrient cycling. Moreover, benthic habitats often constitute biodiversity hot-spots: Posidonia oceanica meadows, coralligenous biocenosis, Sabellaria reefs and tropical coral reefs are some of the more investigated marine benthic communities and due to their importance, the benthic communities are often subjected to protective measures.
Benthic communities are directly or indirectly affected by the physical effects of climate change in marine environments (e.g., shifts in temperature and salinity, alteration of hydrodynamics, sea level rise, and ocean acidification), which may result in changes in their structure and in the spatial distribution of species. For these reasons, macrozoobenthic communities are one of the most used descriptors in detecting environmental alterations deriving from anthropogenic activity and currently, the benthic fauna and flora are monitored for various purposes, and they are useful to detect general patterns of distribution or to assess the effects of anthropogenic pressures.
In recent years, the interest in macrozoobenthic communities has increased and there are many studies on their biology, ecology and distribution, but probably we still know far too little about this important component of the Mediterranean biocenosis.
In order to increase the knowledge about marine macrozoobenthic communities, we present this Special Issue focused on their biology, ecology and distribution. If you are interested in this opportunity or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Dr. Andrea Bonifazi
Dr. Emanuele Mancini
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- marine macrozoobenthic communities
- marine benthic flora and fauna
- marine bioconstructions
- species diversity and distribution
- community composition
- biogeographic patterns
- biodiversity and conservation
- morphological and molecular taxonomy
- population and community ecology