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Counts of hyperbenthos of Gazi Bay (Kenya) sampled in October 1994
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Luhunga B.Y.; Mees J.; Fundamental and Applied Marine Ecology Post Graduate Program (FAME). VUB; Marine Biology Section, Zoology Institute. Ugent: Belgium; (2016): Counts of hyperbenthos of Gazi Bay (Kenya) sampled in October 1994. https://doi.org/10.14284/79
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Description
The spatial community structure of the hyperbenthos of Gazi bay was investigated during one week in October 1994. 38 stations were sampled using a hyperbenthic sledge. The data were digitized by VLIZ from the original report: Luhunga, B.Y. (1997). Spatial community structure of the hyperbenthos of Gazi Bay, Kenya. MSc Thesis. University of Gent, Zoology Institute, Marine Biology Section: Gent. 68 pp. more

A total of 36 taxa were encountered in this study. The dominant taxa (constituting >4% of the community) were the Amphipoda Gammaridea, Mysidacea, Gastropoda, Isopoda, zoea larvae of Brachyura, Polychaeta, larvae and early post-larvae of Pisces Teleostei and Chaetognatha for the day samples, and Mysidacea and Amphipoda Gammaridea for the night samples, Ostracoda, Copepoda, Cumacea and Natantia being locally dominant. Other important taxa (between 0.1 and 3% of the total community) were Opisthobranchia, Amphipoda Caprellidea, Nematoda, Bivalvia, Tanaidacea, Oligochaeta, juveniles and megalopae of Brachyura, Scyphozoa, juvenile Pisces Teleostei, Ascidiacea, Anthozoa and Plathelminthes. Coleoptera, Anomura, Ophiuroidea, Cephalopoda, Leptostraca, Cephalochordata, Pycnogonida, zoea larvae of shrimp, Hydrozoa, Brachyura Corystidae and unidentified eggs were rare (<0.1c /1 0 of the total community).

Scope
Themes:
Biology > Benthos, Biology > Ecology - biodiversity
Keywords:
Marine, Hyperbenthos, ISW, Kenya, Gazi Bay, Anomura, Anthozoa, Ascidiacea, Bivalvia, Brachyura, Caprellidae Leach, 1814, Caridea, Chaetognatha, Coleoptera, Copepoda, Crustacea, Cumacea, Gammaridea, Hydrozoa, Isopoda, Mysidacea, Nebaliacea, Nematoda, Oligochaeta, Ophiuroidea, Opisthobranchia, Ostracoda, Pisces, Polychaeta, Prosobranchia, Pycnogonida, Scyphozoa, Tanaidacea, Turbellaria

Geographical coverage
ISW, Kenya, Gazi Bay [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
18 October 1994 - 25 October 1994

Taxonomic coverage
Anomura [WoRMS]
Anthozoa [WoRMS]
Ascidiacea [WoRMS]
Bivalvia [WoRMS]
Brachyura [WoRMS]
Caprellidae Leach, 1814 [WoRMS]
Caridea [WoRMS]
Chaetognatha [WoRMS]
Coleoptera [WoRMS]
Copepoda [WoRMS]
Crustacea [WoRMS]
Cumacea [WoRMS]
Gammaridea [WoRMS]
Hydrozoa [WoRMS]
Isopoda [WoRMS]
Mysidacea [WoRMS]
Nebaliacea [WoRMS]
Nematoda [WoRMS]
Oligochaeta [WoRMS]
Ophiuroidea [WoRMS]
Opisthobranchia [WoRMS]
Ostracoda [WoRMS]
Pisces [WoRMS]
Polychaeta [WoRMS]
Prosobranchia [WoRMS]
Pycnogonida [WoRMS]
Scyphozoa [WoRMS]
Tanaidacea [WoRMS]
Turbellaria [WoRMS]

Parameter
Count of hyperbenthos

Contributors
Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Vakgroep Biologie; Onderzoeksgroep Mariene Biologie (MARBIOL), moredata creator Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), moredata manager
Vrije Universiteit Brussel; Fundamental and Applied Marine Ecology Post Graduate Program (FAME), moredata creator

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Published in:
EurOBIS: European Ocean Biogeographic Information System, more

Publication
Based on this dataset:
Luhunga, B.Y. (1997). Spatial community structure of the hyperbenthos of Gazi Bay, Kenya. MSc Thesis. University of Gent, Zoology Institute, Marine Biology Section: Gent. 68 pp., more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2013-10-31
Information last updated: 2016-11-08
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