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Abundance and composition of zooplankton in the straits of Malacca


Rezai, Hamid and Md. Yusoff, Fatimah and Arshad, Aziz and Ross, Othman (2009) Abundance and composition of zooplankton in the straits of Malacca. Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management, 12 (3). pp. 264-270. ISSN 1463-4988; ESSN: 1539-4077


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.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Agriculture
Faculty of Environmental Studies
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/14634980903149977
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Keywords: Copepods; Distribution; Monsoon; Spatio-temporal; Malaysia
Depositing User: Nurul Ainie Mokhtar
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2015 06:05
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2015 23:41
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/12905
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