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13:54 Feb 13, 2009
English to Dutch translations [PRO]
Science - Zoology
Additional field(s): Environment & Ecology, Fisheries
English term or phrase: ecotone
Definition from A Glossary of Marine Nature Conservation and Fisheries :
a narrow and fairly sharply defined transition zone between two or more communities (Allaby 1998); eg the different plankton communities that occur on opposite sides of fronts.

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  • Macroinvertebrate biomass was highest at an intermediate riparian ecotone complexity with an adequate supply of organic matter and incident light. Fish biomass followed the same trend, being lowest in heavily shaded areas and in open channels without riparian vegetation (range: 1-4.5 g m-2), but highest in ecotones of intermediate complexity (range: 1.6-92.8 g m-2). The cascading effect of invertebrate density depletion, which was inversely related to fish biomass, was observed seasonally. Wiley InterScience
  • The complexity and biological importance of riparian ecotones depend on the extent to which the system is self-regulating, which depends in turn on geology, physiography, climate, vegetation, human activity and the age of the system. Fish and riparian ecotones – a hypothesis
  • A common example of ecotones is estuaries—the transitional area between rivers and the oceans. The variety of species found in an estuary is much higher than in the river or in the shallow sea-water. BASICS OF ECOLOGY & LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEMS
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Definition from Wikipedia:
De scheidslijn is vaak een plotse overgang in de habitat (ecotoon), zoals de
rand van een bos, of de sneeuwgrens op een berg, maar kan soms opmerkelijk
triviaal zijn.

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Local time: 04:55
Native speaker of: Native in DutchDutch

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No  EddyArtEco: Ecotoon is een ongelukkige "vernederlandsing" van ecotone; correct Nederlands zou zijn ecotonus; het gaat namelijk om een "spanning" of stress; smalle overgangszone tussen twee verschillende MILIEU typen! Zoals zoveel termen: onveranderd in NL: ecotone
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Definition from Encyclo online encyclopedie:
[Een ecotoon] (...) is een grensstrook tussen verschillende biotopen of landschappen.

Example sentence(s):
  • Een gebied waar het ene milieutype overgaat in het andere. De rand van een regenbos is bijvoorbeeld een ecotoon. - Menno Schilthuizen  
  • limes convergens - ecotoon soortenarm grofkorrelig patroon milieudynamiek onregelmatig en vaak overheersend (rivieroever- kribvegetatie) - KNNV Utrecht  
  • De subalpiene zone ligt tussen 1900 en 2300 meter en is een overgangszone (ecotoon) tussen het naaldbos en de alpenweide. - Wikipedia  

Oorspronkelijke link encyclopedie definitie Houtwal.be (lexicon) vakjargon:
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Local time: 06:55
Native speaker of: Native in DutchDutch
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