Activity of Amphipods in Beach Sediments and Nearshore Environments; Playa Ladeira, N.W. Spain

Federico Vilas


This paper deals with the interactions between organisms and sediments in a high-energy open beach of N.W. Spain. The activity of the amphipod Talitrus saltator (Montgomery) deeply modifies several sedimentological features of the beach. As the studied coast has a mesotidal regime, and the animal lives preferentially in the intertidal area, the modifications of its behavior, especially burrowing habits, were investigated.


Amphipods; beach environments; sediments

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