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Title: Standard Classification of Intertidal Habitats in North Qeshm Island (Persian Gulf)
Authors: Rahimi, Morvarid
Seyfabadi, Jafar
Owfi, Fereidoon
Ansari, Zeinab
Keywords: Biotope;Classification;CMECS;Intertidal Habitat;Qeshm Island
Issue Date: Sep-2016
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: As a new approach to ecological classification, the “Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS)” was applied to 141 km of the northern intertidal stretch of Qeshm Island during 2010. Biotic Cover and Surface Geology as the two components of the classification were used. Considering the extent and geomorphology of the area, 9 sites were designated using GPS. Density and distribution of biotic community were determined using 0.5×0.5 m quadrate and sediment was sampled up to 15 cm below the surface. Totally 32 codes were determined for 40 habitats (biotopes), and their positions were displayed on map by GIS. Acar spp., Barbatia sp. (molluscs), and Zoanthus sp. (cnidarian) can be regarded as the rocky substrates’ specific biotopes, while Stichodactyla sp. (cnidarian) and Halophia sp. (seagrass) can be regarded as the sandy substrates’ specific biotopes.
Page(s): 1172-1180
ISSN: 0975-1033 (Online); 0379-5136 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJMS Vol.45(09) [September 2016]

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