Articles | Volume 19, issue 8
Biogeosciences, 19, 2295–2312, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-2295-2022
Biogeosciences, 19, 2295–2312, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-2295-2022
Research article
29 Apr 2022
Research article | 29 Apr 2022

Species richness and functional attributes of fish assemblages across a large-scale salinity gradient in shallow coastal areas

Birgit Koehler et al.

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • AC1: 'Complete Figure 1', Birgit Koehler, 03 Dec 2021
  • RC1: 'Comment on bg-2021-302', Anonymous Referee #1, 16 Dec 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on bg-2021-302', Anonymous Referee #2, 24 Jan 2022
    • AC3: 'Reply on RC2', Birgit Koehler, 16 Feb 2022
      • AC4: 'Reply on AC3', Birgit Koehler, 16 Feb 2022
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC1', Birgit Koehler, 16 Feb 2022

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (17 Feb 2022) by Emilio Marañón
AR by Birgit Koehler on behalf of the Authors (01 Mar 2022)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (01 Mar 2022) by Emilio Marañón
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (04 Mar 2022)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (14 Mar 2022)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (15 Mar 2022) by Emilio Marañón
AR by Birgit Koehler on behalf of the Authors (28 Mar 2022)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (29 Mar 2022) by Emilio Marañón

Post-review adjustments

AA: Author's adjustment | EA: Editor approval
AA by Birgit Koehler on behalf of the Authors (26 Apr 2022)   Author's adjustment   Manuscript
EA: Adjustments approved (27 Apr 2022) by Emilio Marañón
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Short summary
Understanding species richness patterns remains a challenge for biodiversity management. We estimated fish species richness over a coastal salinity gradient (3–32) with a method that allowed comparing data from various sources. Species richness was 3-fold higher at high vs. low salinity, and salinity influenced species’ habitat preference, mobility and feeding type. If climate change causes upper-layer freshening of the Baltic Sea, further shifts along the identified patterns may be expected.
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