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|Title:||Population fluctuation and vertical distribution of meiofauna in a tropical mudflat at Mandovi estuary, west coast of India|
Rivonkar, C U
Sangodkar, U M X
|Abstract:||A study was conducted to observe the meiofaunal community structure and its temporal and spatial fluctuation and a profile of vertical distribution of a mudflat in relation to sediment temperature, grain size, organic carbon and sedimentary chlorophyll <i style="">a.</i> The sampling was carried out for three seasons viz. Pre-monsoon (summer), monsoon and post-monsoon. The faunal density (no/10 cm<sup>2</sup>) ranged between 945-2063/10 cm<sup>2</sup> and 704-1549/10 cm<sup>2</sup> at stations 1 and 2 respectively. The fauna was dominated by nematodes, turbellarians and harpacticoid copepods. The fauna fluctuated seasonally. A vertical zonation in the distribution of fauna was significantly correlated with interstitial water, chlorophyll <i style="">a </i>and sediment organic carbon. It is suggested that meiofauna in mudflats serve as food for the higher trophic levels.|
|ISSN:||0975-1033 (Online); 0379-5136 (Print)|
|Appears in Collections:||IJMS Vol.30(4) [December 2001]|
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