Patterns of polychaete diversity in selected tropical intertidal habitats


Barrio Frojan, Christopher R.S., Kendall, M.A., Patterson, G.L.J., Hawkins, L.E., Nimsantijaroen, S. and Aryuthaka, C. (2006) Patterns of polychaete diversity in selected tropical intertidal habitats. Scientia Marina, 70, (S3), 239-248.

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Description/Abstract

Few studies have quantitatively compared benthic macrofaunal assemblages between different tropical intertidal
habitats over differing spatial scales. The present study uses spatially nested material from vegetated (seagrass) and nonvegetated
(mudflat) habitats in SW Thailand to address this issue. Polychaetes were the numerically dominant component of
benthic assemblages throughout the region, comprising over 74% of the total macrofauna. Despite great within-site and sample
variation, based on species diversity, polychaete assemblages were mostly site-specific. Not so visibly obvious were the
evident differences in polychaete assemblages between habitats. The spatial pattern of polychaete diversity is explored.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0214-8358 (print)
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Keywords: Polychaeta, Andaman Sea, tropical intertidal habitats, spatial scale
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Ocean & Earth Science (SOC/SOES)
ePrint ID: 65992
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2009
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:47
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/65992

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