ISLA Federico Ignacio
Distribution and abundance of hidrobiid snails in a mixed estuary...
DE FRANCESCO, C; ISLA F
Estuarine research federation
Año: 2003 vol. 26 p. 790 - 797
This study examined the environmental factors inﬂuencing the distribution and abundance of hydrobiid snails in two estuaries on the northeastern coast of Argentina in a coastal lagoon (Mar Chiquita, 378409S, 578209W) and a partially mixed estuary (Queque´n Grande, 388309S, 588459W). Five intertidal study sites in each estuary represented a gradient in environmental conditions. Variations in the main environmental factors and in the abundance of hydrobiids were assessed both spatially and seasonally. The three species were Heleobia australis, Heleobia conexa, and Heleobia parchappii, and they were primarily distributed across a salinity gradient. This pattern was clearly recognizable in the partially mixed estuary, where the abundance of H. australis decreased as salinity decreased, and the abundance of H. conexa gradually increased towards the inner reaches of the estuary. H. parchappii was restricted to areas far away from the inﬂuence of the tide. Slight differences in the distribution patterns of these species between Queque´n Grande and Mar Chiquita were related to the different dynamics of environmental factors in each estuary.