Dataset

Dataset: Megaherbivores may impact expansion of invasive seagrass in the Caribbean

Christianen, M. (Creator), Smulders, F. (Creator), Engel, M. S. (Creator), Nava, M. (Creator), Willis, S. (Creator), Debrot, A. O. (Creator), Palsboll, P. (Creator), Vonk, J. A. (Creator), Becking, L. E. (Creator), Wageningen University & Research, 2018

Dataset

  • Marjolijn Christianen (Creator)
  • Fee Smulders (Creator)
  • M. Sabine Engel (Creator)
  • Mabel Nava (Creator)
  • Sue Willis (Creator)
  • Adolphe O. Debrot (Creator)
  • Per Palsboll (Creator)
  • Jan Arie Vonk (Creator)
  • Leontine E Becking (Creator)

Description

Our results provide first‐time evidence of large‐scale replacement of native seagrasses by rapidly colonizing Halophila stipulacea in the Caribbean and add a mechanistic explanation for this invasiveness. We conclude that green turtle leaf grazing may modify the rate and spatial extent of this invasive species' expansion, due to grazing preferences, and increased space for settlement. This work shows how large herbivores play an important but unrecognized role in species coexistence and plant invasions of aquatic ecosystems
Date made available2018
PublisherWageningen University & Research
Temporal coverage2011 - 2017
Date of data production2011 - 2017
Geographical coverageLac Bay, Bonaire (Caribbean Netherlands)
Access to the dataset Open
Contact researchdata@rug.nl

    Keywords on Datasets

  • Ecology, alien invasive species, Chelonia mydas, foundation spiecies, Halophila stipulacea, landscape modifaction, plat-herbivore interactions, Thalassia testudinum, green turtle, seagrass
Related Publications
  1. Megaherbivores may impact expansion of invasive seagrass in the Caribbean

    Christianen, M. J. A., Smulders, F. O. H., Engel, M. S., Nava, M. I., Willis, S., Debrot, A. O., Palsbøll, P. J., Vonk, J. A. & Becking, L. E., Jan-2019, In : Journal of Ecology. 107, 1, p. 45-57

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