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Study of epifauna and meiobenthos using field exclusion experiments in a Ceriops tagal and Avicennia marina mangrove at Gazi Bay (Kenya) in August and September 1992
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Schallier R.; Coomans A.; Marine Biology Section; Zoology Institute; Biology Department; Faculty of Sciences. Ugent: Belgium; (2016): Study of epifauna and meiobenthos using field exclusion experiments in a Ceriops tagal and Avicennia marina mangrove at Gazi Bay (Kenya) in August and September 1992. http://dx.doi.org/10.14284/154
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Description
Abiotic parameters and densities of meiofauna taxa at several depths in the cages, partial cages and blanco's of an Avicennia marina and Ceriops tagal mangrove at Gazi Bay sampled between 06 August and 27 September 1992. The data were digitized by VLIZ from the original report: Schallier, R. (1993). Structurele en trofische relaties tussen meiobenthos en epifauna in Avicennia mangroves (Gazi Bay, Kenia)= Structural and trophic relationships between meiobenthos and epifauna in Avicennia mangroves (Gazi Bay, Kenya). MSc Thesis. Universiteit Gent: Gent. 89, vol 2 (foto's, figuren, platen) pp. more

Field exclusion experiment: a randomized block design was used, consisting of nine experimental units. Three replicates were taken for each treatment (Cage, Partial cage and Blanco respectively). In the Cage, the epifauna was excluded; in the Partial cage (the first control introduced in our experiment), the epifauna was not excluded, so only the influence of the cage itself was investigated; in the Blanco (the second control in our experimental design, without cage) the epifauna remained well in order to follow the natural changes in time of the meiobenthos in the Avicennia marina mangal. Three monthly meiobenthic samples were collected for each treatment; together with those meiobenthic samples, abiotic factors (grain size analysis, curtosis, skewness, median particle diameter, porosity, % organic material, temperature, redox potential, pigment analysis (measurements of chlorophyl a, fucoxanthin), nutrient analysis (NQ,- NO3, NH4+, and Si), salinity, pH and dissolved oxygen) were measured once a month.

Scope
Themes:
Biology > Benthos, Biology > Pigments (e.g. chlorophyll)
Keywords:
Marine, Cage experiment, Competition, Depth distribution, Epifauna, Granulometry, Mangroves, Meiobenthos, Predation, Vegetation, Vertical distribution, ISW, Kenya, Gazi Bay, Amphipoda, Avicennia marina, Bivalvia, Ceriops tagal, Ciliata Couch, 1832, Cladocera, Copepoda, Crustacea, Decapoda, Foraminifera, Gastropoda, Gastrotricha, Halacaroidea, Insecta, Kinorhyncha, Nematoda, Oligochaeta, Ostracoda, Polychaeta, Rotatoria, Rotifera, Tardigrada, Turbellaria

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

Temporal coverage
6 August 1992 - 27 September 1992

Taxonomic coverage
Amphipoda [WoRMS]
Avicennia marina (Forssk.) Vierh. [WoRMS]
Bivalvia [WoRMS]
Ceriops tagal (Perr.) C.B. Robinson [WoRMS]
Ciliata Couch, 1832 [WoRMS]
Cladocera [WoRMS]
Copepoda [WoRMS]
Crustacea [WoRMS]
Decapoda [WoRMS]
Foraminifera [WoRMS]
Gastropoda [WoRMS]
Gastrotricha [WoRMS]
Halacaroidea Cunliffe, 1954 [WoRMS]
Insecta [WoRMS]
Kinorhyncha [WoRMS]
Nematoda [WoRMS]
Oligochaeta [WoRMS]
Ostracoda [WoRMS]
Polychaeta [WoRMS]
Rotifera [WoRMS]
Rotifera [WoRMS]
Tardigrada [WoRMS]
Turbellaria [WoRMS]

Parameters
Ammonium (NH4+), Chlorophyll a, Clay, Fucoxanthine, Meiobenthos density, Nitrate (NO3-) + Nitrite (NO2-), Particulate organic matter (POM), Porosity, Redox potential, Sand concentration, Silicon (Si), Temperature

Contributors
Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Vakgroep Biologie, moredata creator Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Vakgroep Biologie; Onderzoeksgroep Mariene Biologie (MARBIOL), moredata creator Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), moredata manager

Publication
Based on this dataset:
Schallier, R. (1993). Structurele en trofische relaties tussen meiobenthos en epifauna in Avicennia mangroves (Gazi Bay, Kenia)= Structural and trophic relationships between meiobenthos and epifauna in Avicennia mangroves (Gazi Bay, Kenya). MSc Thesis. Universiteit Gent: Gent. 89, vol 2 (foto's, figuren, platen) pp., more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field experiment
Metadatarecord created: 2016-06-08
Information last updated: 2016-06-15
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