Copepod Abundance and Diversity from Offshore Region of Tuticorin, South East Coast of India

Kavitha, M and Padmavathy, P and Srinivasan, A and Jawahar, P and Ranjith, L and Linga Prabu, D (2018) Copepod Abundance and Diversity from Offshore Region of Tuticorin, South East Coast of India. International Journal of Current microbiology and Applied Sciences, 7 (4). pp. 2767-2792.

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    Abstract

    A detailed study had been carried out on species abundance, biomass and composition of copepod in four different offshore stations namely, Station I: Vembar, II: Keelavaipar, III: Punnaikayal and IV: Thiruchendhur in Gulf of Mannar region from October 2011 to April 2012. A total of 56 copepod species belongs to 20 families under 4 orders have been encountered during the period. The percentage composition of different groups of copepod species was composed of Calanoida (35 numbers) 62.5%, Cyclopoida (4 numbers) 7.14%, Harpacticoida (8 numbers) 14.3% and Poecilostomatoida (9 numbers) 16.1%. The percentage of biomass composition of different groups of copepods during the study was in the order of Calanoida 38.99%, Harpacticoida 32.56%, Cyclopoida 15.22% and Poecilostomatoida 13.23%. In the case of species composition, Euterpina acutifrons (28.61%) was the most abundant species followed by Acrocalanus gracilis (17.68%), Corycaeus crassiusculus (12.33%), Oithona brevicornis (12.03%) and Temora turbinata (4.25%) were the other dominant species in observation. The copepod density in different stations were in the range of 8600–39900, 3900–64600, 3800–24800 and 5000–22500 numbers m-3 at station I, II, II and IV respectively. The lowest biomass of copepod was observed at station III and highest biomass was found at station II. The copepod species richness ranged from 0.48 to 2.72 and species diversity was in the range of 0.87 to 1.98 in the study areas. Species evenness was varied from 0.24 – 0.51 during the observation period.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Copepod, Offshore, species richness, Species evenness, Species diversity, Gulf of Mannar
    Subjects: Marine Biology > Phytoplanktons
    Copepods
    Divisions: CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Biotechnology
    Subject Area > CMFRI > CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Biotechnology
    CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Biotechnology
    Subject Area > CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Biotechnology
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 17 May 2018 05:56
    Last Modified: 17 May 2018 05:56
    URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/12738

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