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Macrobenthic infauna of mangroves and surrounding beaches at Gazi Bay, Kenya
Schrijvers, J.; Van Gansbeke, D.; Vincx, M. (1995). Macrobenthic infauna of mangroves and surrounding beaches at Gazi Bay, Kenya. Hydrobiologia 306(1): 53-66
In: Hydrobiologia. Springer: The Hague. ISSN 0018-8158; e-ISSN 1573-5117, more
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  • Schrijvers, J., more
  • Van Gansbeke, D., more
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    Twelve sites around Gazi Bay, Kenya, were examined for macrobenthic infauna. Stations differed in human disturbance, vegetation, and sediment type (sandflat, beach, denuded and virgin mangrove sites, with Sonneratia, Rhizophora, Avicennia, Ceriops or Bruguiera vegetation). Sixteen higher taxa were counted; Isopoda, Amphipoda, Polychaeta, Cumacea and Tanaidacea were determined to family level (sometimes to genus or species). Total densities of infauna ranged from 265 to 6025 ind m-2. Gazi mangals had higher macrobenthos densities than other mangrove sediments described in literature and than the Gazi sandflats. The densities found in Gazi sandflats were comparable to similar habitats elsewhere. Virgin mangrove sediments were rich in mud and organic material, and were characterized by high densities of macro-Oligochaeta and Mollusca. Sandflats, beaches, exploited (denuded) and less dense mangroves or mangroves higher in the tidal zone (Bruguiera) were much more sandy and had a high abundance of Polychaeta and Nemertini. Structural patterns in the macrobenthos were only vaguely associated with vegetation type. Human impact (cutting) has resulted in a drastic decrease in densities of macro-infauna, possibly related to a reduction of organic material in the sediment.

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