Articles | Volume 15, issue 5
Biogeosciences, 15, 1469–1482, 2018
Biogeosciences, 15, 1469–1482, 2018

Research article 09 Mar 2018

Research article | 09 Mar 2018

Calcification in a marginal sea – influence of seawater [Ca2+] and carbonate chemistry on bivalve shell formation

Jörn Thomsen et al.


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (04 Jan 2018) by Lennart de Nooijer
AR by Anna Mirena Feist-Polner on behalf of the Authors (16 Jan 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (23 Jan 2018) by Lennart de Nooijer
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (07 Feb 2018)
ED: Publish as is (07 Feb 2018) by Lennart de Nooijer
AR by Jörn Thomsen on behalf of the Authors (13 Feb 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
Short summary
The distribution of mussel in estuaries is limited but the mechanisms are not well understood. We document for the first time that reduced Ca2+ concentration in the low saline, brackish Baltic Sea affects the ability of mussel larvae to calcify the first larval shell. As complete formation of the shell is a prerequisite for successful development, impaired calcification during this sensitive life stage can have detrimental effects on the species' ability to colonize habitats.
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