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Biology, dynamics and production of key species in the Mondego Estuary (western coast of Portugal), 1985 onwards

Data holding centreUniversity of Coimbra, Marine Sciences Unit (IMAR network)
CountryPortugal  Portugal
Time periodFrom October 1985 onwards
Geographical area

Mondego estuary (western coast of Portugal)


Alkalinity, acidity and pH of the water column; Dissolved oxygen parameters in the water column; Fauna abundance per unit area of the bed; Concentration of dissolved organic matter in the water column; Nitrate concentration parameters in the water column; Nitrite concentration parameters in the water column; Phosphate concentration parameters in the water column; Salinity of the water column; Concentration of organic matter in sediments; Temperature of the water column; Zoobenthos taxonomic abundance; Zooplankton and zoobenthos physiological condition parameters; Zoobenthos taxonomy-related counts; Zooplankton and zoobenthos development stage parameters


Benthos samplers; discrete water samplers; salinity sensor; dissolved gas sensors; pH sensors; manual biota samplers


The studies carried out over the intertidal and subtidal benthic communities showed that several benthic species might play a key role in their structure and functioning. Echinogammarus marinus (amphipod crustacean), Cyathura carinata (isopod crustacean) and Amage adspersa (polychaete) were studied with regard to their life history, dynamics, and production in relation to the environmental factors in the Mondego estuary ecosystem.

OriginatorsUniversity of Coimbra, Marine Sciences Unit (IMAR network)

Marques, J.C., and Nogueira, A. (1991) Life cycle, population dynamics, and production of Echinogammarus marinus (Leach) (Amphipoda) in the Mondego estuary (Portugal). Oceanologica Acta, Vol. SP 11: 213-223.,

OrganisationUniversity of Coimbra, Marine Sciences Unit (IMAR network)
AvailabilityBy negotiation
ContactJoao Carlos Marques

University of Coimbra, Marine Sciences Unit (IMAR network)
Faculdade de Ciencias e Tecnologia da IMAR - Centro Interdisciplinar de Coimbra Largo D. Dinis, Colegio de S. Jeronimo

Telephone+351 39 23603
Facsimile+351 239823603
Collating centreIHPT, Hydrographic Institute
Local identifier15038004
Global identifier2314
Last revised2009-10-29