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Distribution of zooplankton in offshore waters of the west

Auther : GIBREEL M. SHARAF AND SAIF M. AL-GHAIS

ABSTRACT

Seasonal fluctuations in the composition and abundance of zooplankton of the west coast of

the UAE were investigated in 1993-1994. Zooplankton populations peaked in late spring and

summer. The monthly numerical average of total zooplankton was about 2740 m-3, with a

biomass equal to 412 mg.m-3. Copepods dominated zooplankton counts accounting for about

51% of the total. Tunicates, cladocerans, mollusc larvae and chaetognaths were also dominant

groups during the study, and together comprised about 31% of zooplankton. Spatial variations

in abundance of almost all zooplankton species and groups were not significantly different,

indicating a homogeneity in composition among stations. Nine new geographical records,

mostly copepods, were identified for the region. Species-diversity and evenness in species

distribution were generally low compared to the Gulf of Oman and the Indian Ocean

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