Diel variation of zooplankton in the tropical coral-reef water of Tioman Island, Malaysia

Ryota Nakajima, Teruaki Yoshida, Bin Haji Ross Othman, Tatsuki Toda

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    Abstract

    Zooplankton was sampled at 3-h intervals for a 48-h period from a coral reef of Tioman Island, Malaysia. It was size-fractionated into three size classes: 100-200, 200-335, and >335 μm using different sieves with different mesh sizes. Total zooplankton (>100 μm) abundance and biomass in the water column were high later at night (0300 h), not just after sunset as previously described in other studies. Only the largest size-fraction (>335 μm) of zooplankton significantly differed in biomass and abundance between day and night. The increase in the large zooplankton later in the night is suggested to be caused by the advection of pelagic species into the reef. This work has provided a measurement of the variation of zooplankton community over coral reef that can exist on a scale of hours.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)965-975
    Number of pages11
    JournalAquatic Ecology
    Volume43
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

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    Keywords

    • Copepods
    • Day/night change
    • Pelagic
    • Reef associated
    • Size-fraction

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    • Aquatic Science
    • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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    Diel variation of zooplankton in the tropical coral-reef water of Tioman Island, Malaysia. / Nakajima, Ryota; Yoshida, Teruaki; Othman, Bin Haji Ross; Toda, Tatsuki.

    In: Aquatic Ecology, Vol. 43, No. 4, 12.2009, p. 965-975.

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    Nakajima, Ryota ; Yoshida, Teruaki ; Othman, Bin Haji Ross ; Toda, Tatsuki. / Diel variation of zooplankton in the tropical coral-reef water of Tioman Island, Malaysia. In: Aquatic Ecology. 2009 ; Vol. 43, No. 4. pp. 965-975.
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