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Marine‐Dependent Terrestrial Biotic Communities on Some Cays in the Coral Sea
- Heatwole, Harold
- Ecology 1971 v.52 no.2 pp. 363-366
- animal manures, biocenosis, dead animals, energy transfer, invertebrates, seabirds, vegetation, Coral Sea
- Coral cays devoid of vascular vegetation were found to contain terrestrial invertebrates, the number of species being related to island size. Sea birds, through contributing guano and carrion were chiefly responsible for the energy transfer from the marine to the insular community.