The Polychaeta (Annelida) communities of the Merambong and Tanjung Adang Shoals, Malaysia, and its relationship with the environmental variables

Guan Wan Shi, Mazlan Abd. Ghaffar, Masni Mohd. Ali, Zaidi Che Cob

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Abstract

Polychaetes are very important group of macrobenthos that play major roles in the maintenance, well being and dynamics of the marine benthic ecosystem. In seagrass bed areas they normally form the most diverse and abundant invertebrate taxa, thus understanding their population is very important for the ecosystem management. The aim of this study was to investigate the polychaete community structure in the seagrass bed of the Merambong and Tanjung Adang shoals, Johor, Malaysia, and to determine the environmental variables that might affect their distribution and abundance. The polychaetes were sampled using a 10 cm diameter corer, which were conducted during the lowest tide. A total of 22 different polychaete families were recorded, which was dominated by Capitellidae, Spionidae, Cirratulidae, and Nereididae. The polychaete diversity in the Merambong Shoal (H'=2.27) was significantly higher than the Tanjung Adang Shoal (H'=1.76) (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-183
Number of pages16
JournalMalayan Nature Journal
Volume66
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Keywords

  • Correlation
  • Environmental parameters
  • Macrobenthos
  • Seagrass bed
  • Species diversity

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  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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The Polychaeta (Annelida) communities of the Merambong and Tanjung Adang Shoals, Malaysia, and its relationship with the environmental variables. / Shi, Guan Wan; Abd. Ghaffar, Mazlan; Mohd. Ali, Masni; Che Cob, Zaidi.

In: Malayan Nature Journal, Vol. 66, No. 1-2, 2014, p. 168-183.

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