settle, and grow with a reduced risk to predation. This is contrasted to the large mesh bags that anything could get into to fed on the organisms growing there.
In an experiment done by Danovaro et al. in 2007, as similar result was shown. The experiment looked more so at enclosed, such as the PVC, verses open, such as the mesh bag rather than substrate. However, they did see an increased effect of predation on the open site rather than the closed site which was seen in our experiment as well. This shows that, while substrate is important, the type of enclosure we used also had an effect on the accumulated biomass over time. The influence of predation has a definite effect on the distribution of meiofauna in soft-sediment communities
Callinectes sapidus, commonly called the blue crab, is a benthic opportunistic predator found along the Atlantic coast. Contrary to their name, the blue crab is more of a dull green-gray color. The claws of adults are the only truly blue part of the crab, with females having red tips that males lack. Another distinction between males and females are their abdomens. Males exhibit a narrow “T” shaped abdomen whereas females have rounded triangular ones. This shape allows for the female to extend her abdomen to carry her eggs with her for protecting after mating. Blue crabs feed primarily on benthic invertebrates such as worms, bivalves, and other crustaceans. They are also considered scavengers and will eat any organic debris they can find…
Classification Levels of the Chesapeake Blue Crab Characteristics of Invertebrates in the Class Malacostraca
Scientific Name: Callinectes sapidus
Habitat of the Chesapeake Blue Crab
The Blue Crab lives in several different locations. A few of these locations are the…