Effects of mesh size on sieved samples of Corophium volutator

Tara L. Crewe, Diana J. Hamilton, Antony W. Diamond

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Corophium volutator (Pallas), gammaridean amphipods found on intertidal mudflats, are frequently collected in mud samples sieved on mesh screens. However, mesh sizes used vary greatly among studies, raising the possibility that sampling methods bias results. The effect of using different mesh sizes on the resulting size-frequency distributions of Corophium was tested by collecting Corophium from mud samples with 0.5 and 0.25 mm sieves. More than 90% of Corophium less than 2 mm long passed through the larger sieve. A significantly smaller, but still substantial, proportion of 2-2.9 mm Corophium (30%) was also lost. Larger size classes were unaffected by mesh size. Mesh size significantly changed the observed size-frequency distribution of Corophium, and effects varied with sampling date. It is concluded that a 0.5 mm sieve is suitable for studies concentrating on adults, but to accurately estimate Corophium density and size-frequency distributions, a 0.25 mm sieve must be used.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-154
Number of pages4
JournalEstuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2001
Externally publishedYes


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