Abundance and composition of zooplankton in the Straits of Malacca

H. Rezai, F. M. Yusoff, A. Arshad, B. H R Othman

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    The zooplankton composition and distribution were studied during four oceanographic cruises in the Straits of Malacca between November 1998 and August 2000 with 140 μm-mesh and 45-cm diameter NORPAC net. Zooplankton samples were analyzed for the faunal composition and abundance. Zooplankton abundance peaked during pre-southwest monsoon (mean of 12, 918 ± 5, 635 ind. m3). Copepods were the most important constituents of the zooplankton in all areas. Copepods (including copepodites) accounted for 71.3%, 71.2%, 70.9% and 57.9% of the total zooplankton populations during consecutive cruises I, II, III and IV, respectively. Molluscs (6.3% to 12.4%) and crustacean's nauplii (4.4% to 6.0%) comprised the important groups of non-copepod zooplankton. Spatio-temporal variation in zooplankton abundance was not statistically significant. Zooplankton was more abundant in the near-coastal areas than in offshore areas, but the difference was not significant. ©

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)264-270
    Number of pages7
    JournalAquatic Ecosystem Health and Management
    Volume12
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009

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    Keywords

    • Copepods
    • Distribution
    • Malaysia
    • Monsoon
    • Spatio-temporal

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    • Aquatic Science
    • Ecology
    • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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    Abundance and composition of zooplankton in the Straits of Malacca. / Rezai, H.; Yusoff, F. M.; Arshad, A.; Othman, B. H R.

    In: Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management, Vol. 12, No. 3, 07.2009, p. 264-270.

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    Rezai, H. ; Yusoff, F. M. ; Arshad, A. ; Othman, B. H R. / Abundance and composition of zooplankton in the Straits of Malacca. In: Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management. 2009 ; Vol. 12, No. 3. pp. 264-270.
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