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Author Smyth, David
Author Al-Maslamani, Ibrahim
Author Giraldes, Bruno Welter
Author Chatting, Mark
Author Al-Ansari, Ebrahim
Author Le Vay, Lewis
Available date 2017-05-22T08:26:08Z
Publication Date 2016-05-01
Publication Name Regional Studies in Marine Scienceen_US
Identifier http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rsma.2016.02.004en_US
Citation Smyth. David, Al-Maslamani. Ibrahim et al." Anthropogenic related variations in the epibiotic biodiversity and age structure of the “Pearl Oyster” Pinctada radiata within the eulittoral zone of Qatar Regional Studies in Marine Science", Vol. 5, 2016en_US
ISSN 23524855
URI http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352485516300184
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10576/5518
Abstract Abstract Oyster aggregations provide critical habitat that contain diverse communities, with epibiota and oysters sensitive to environmental disturbance. The monitoring of oysters and associated organisms has become an important tool in gauging change within the marine environment. The research aimed to investigate the population structure of the Pinctada radiata and its epibiota in relation to anthropogenic disturbance within the eulittoral zone of Qatar. Oysters were recorded at six sites along the east coast but were absent from the west and southeast. The absence of oysters in the west was attributed to high salinity and temperature combined with the low flush hydrodynamic regimen of the region. The southeast sites absent of oysters were a result of unsuitable settlement substrate. In sites where P. radiata was recorded, significant inter-site differences existed between epibionts. These differences became significant when epibiota was divided into vagile and sessile species. Sites situated in close proximity to coastal land reclamation activities showed a significantly lower number of vagile taxa. It would appear that sedimentation from coastal development is having a significant effect on epibiont species associated with P. radiata.en_US
Language enen_US
Publisher Elsevieren_US
Subject Pinctada radiataen_US
Subject Anthropogenic disturbanceen_US
Subject Epibiotaen_US
Subject Age structureen_US
Subject Eulittoralen_US
Title Anthropogenic related variations in the epibiotic biodiversity and age structure of the “Pearl Oyster” Pinctada radiata within the eulittoral zone of Qataren_US
Type Articleen_US
Pagination 87–96
Volume Number 5


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