Distribution of zooplankton in offshore waters of the west coast of the United Arab Emirates

Gibreel M. Sharaf, Saif M. Al-Ghais

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-144
Number of pages14
JournalKuwait Journal of Science and Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1997

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