Biodiversity of Talitridae family (Crustacea, Amphipoda) in some Tunisian coastal lagoons

Jelassi, Raja, Khemaissia, Hajer, Zimmer, Martin, Garbe-Schönberg, Dieter and Nasri-Ammar, Karima (2015) Biodiversity of Talitridae family (Crustacea, Amphipoda) in some Tunisian coastal lagoons Zoological Studies, 54 .

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Background: Although wetlands were remarkable habitats with their fauna and flora diversity, few studies have been devoted to the study of amphipod distribution in this type of environment. To study both qualitatively and quantitatively amphipod community, surveys were conducted during the spring season in ten coastal lagoons ranging from subhumid to arid bioclimatic stage. At each station, eight quadrats of 50 x 50 cm were randomly placed. Amphipods were preserved in alcohol 70 degrees C. In the laboratory, the specimens collected were identified and counted. Meanwhile, analyses of organic matter, particle size, and heavy metals from the soil taken from each station were made. Results: A total of 1,340 specimens of amphipods were collected, and eight species belonging to Talitridae family were identified. Species richness ranges from one species collected in the supralittoral zone of El Bcherliya (Ghar El Melh lagoon) and eight species in the supralittoral zone of Bizerte lagoon. In this last station, the relative abundance of amphipods was significantly higher (36.04%, N = 483). In addition, the diversity indices of Simpson, Shannon-Weaver, and equitability shows that the highest species diversity characterizes this same station while the community was more balanced in opposite El Boughaz (Ghar El Melh lagoon) (J '' = 0.996). Conclusions: The spatial distribution of different amphipod species depends on edaphic (heavy metals, granulometry, organic matter) and climatic (temperature, humidity) factors.

Document Type: Article
Research affiliation: Kiel University > Kiel Marine Science
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
Kiel University
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1021-5506
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2016 03:46
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2018 11:47

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