Patterns of polychaete diversity in selected tropical intertidal habitats

Authors

  • Christopher R.S. Barrio Froján Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, Remembrance
  • M. A. Kendall Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Prospect Place, Plymouth
  • G.L.J. Paterson Department of Zoology, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London
  • L. E. Hawkins School of Ocean and Earth Science, Southampton Oceanography Centre, European
  • S. Nimsantijaroen Department of Marine Science, Faculty of Fisheries, Kasetsart University, Bangkok
  • C. Aryuthaka Department of Marine Science, Faculty of Fisheries, Kasetsart University, Bangkok

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3989/scimar.2006.70s3239

Keywords:

Polychaeta, Andaman Sea, tropical intertidal habitats, spatial scale

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 non-vegetated (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.

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Published

2006-12-30

How to Cite

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Barrio Froján CR, Kendall MA, Paterson G, Hawkins LE, Nimsantijaroen S, Aryuthaka C. Patterns of polychaete diversity in selected tropical intertidal habitats. scimar [Internet]. 2006Dec.30 [cited 2020Nov.24];70(S3):239-48. Available from: http://scientiamarina.revistas.csic.es/index.php/scientiamarina/article/view/128

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