Chapter 2. Larval Supply and Dispersal

  1. Simone Dürr3 and
  2. Jeremy C. Thomason4
  1. Christopher D. McQuaid1 and
  2. Karen Miller2

Published Online: 29 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444315462.ch2



How to Cite

McQuaid, C. D. and Miller, K. (2009) Larval Supply and Dispersal, in Biofouling (eds S. Dürr and J. C. Thomason), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444315462.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 3

    School of Natural Sciences and Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, Byrom Street, Liverpool, L3 3AF, UK

  2. 4

    School of Biology, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Zoology and Entomology, Rhodes University, Grahamstown 6140, South Africa

  2. 2

    Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies, University of Tasmania, Private Bag 77, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 18 DEC 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169264

Online ISBN: 9781444315462



  • larval supply and dispersal;
  • larvae and juveniles - key life-history stages recruiting and dispersing among populations;
  • larval dispersal - ecological and genetic connectedness;
  • smaller scale oceanographic features - fronts, eddies and convergences;
  • effective ways of estimating dispersal scales;
  • factors influencing dispersal scales;
  • Lagrangian approach - focus on concept of dispersal kernel;
  • heterozygote deficiency - phenomenon associated with localised dispersals;
  • dispersal polymorphisms


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Significance of Scales of Larval Dispersal

  • Factors Influencing Dispersal Scales

  • Estimating Dispersal

  • Practical Consequences of Dispersal Scales

  • Conclusions

  • References