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Research Article, J Mar Biol Oceanogr Vol: 2 Issue: 3

Ecology and Distribution of Copepods from the Salt Pan Ecosystems of Mumbai, West Coast of India

R. Stephen1, K.V. Jayalakshmy1*, K.R. Naveen Kumar1 and Vijayalakshmy R. Nair2
1National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR), Regional Centre, Kochi-18,Kerala, India
2National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR), Regional Centre, Versova, Mumbai, India
Corresponding author : K.V. Jayalakshmy
CSIR, National institute of Oceanography, Regional Centre, Kochi-18, Kerala, India
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received: May 16, 2013 Accepted: August 06, 2013 Published: August 12,2013
Citation: Stephen R, Jayalakshmy KV, Naveen Kumar KR, Nair VR (2013) Ecology and Distribution of Copepods from the Salt Pan Ecosystems of Mumbai, West Coast of India. J Mar Biol Oceanogr 2:3. doi:10.4172/2324-8661.1000114

Abstract

Ecology and Distribution of Copepods from the Salt Pan Ecosystems of Mumbai, West Coast of India

Ecology, distribution and diversity of Copepod collected from two salt pans of Mumbai, India, are presented. Copepods, the main zooplankton components, consisted mainly of Bestiolina similis, Acartia southwelli, Oithona sp., O. similis, O. hebes and Mesochra sp. The species distribution showed pulses and peaks with harpacticoids dominating in extreme environmental conditions. The diversity and seasonal variations of species were considered in relation to environmental conditions. The study contemplates on the modification of a diverse community of copepods of the creek salt works into a simplified ecosystem of low complexity based on the influence of environmental factors on the copepods density.

Keywords: Copepods; Community structure; Salt pan; Ecosystem; Mumbai

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