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Importance of the Lac-lagoon (Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles) for a selected number of reef fish species
van der Velde, G.; Gorissen, M.W.; den Hartog, C.; van 't Hoff, T.; Meijer, G.J. (1992). Importance of the Lac-lagoon (Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles) for a selected number of reef fish species. Hydrobiologia 247: 139-140
In: Hydrobiologia. Springer: The Hague. ISSN 0018-8158, more
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  • van der Velde, G.; Gorissen, M.W.; den Hartog, C.; van 't Hoff, T.; Meijer, G.J. (1992). Importance of the Lac-lagoon (Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles) for a selected number of reef fish species, in: Jaccarini, V. et al. (Ed.) The Ecology of Mangrove and Related Ecosystems: Proceedings of the International Symposium held at Mombasa, Kenya, 24-30 September 1990. Developments in Hydrobiology, 80: pp. 139-140, more

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Document type: Conference paper

Keyword
    Brackish water

Authors  Top 
  • van der Velde, G., more
  • Gorissen, M.W.
  • den Hartog, C., more
  • van 't Hoff, T.
  • Meijer, G.J.

Abstract
    Mangrove and seagrass beds are known to function as nursery for juveniles of reef fishes. However, the fish fauna of these often linked ecosystems is mostly studied separately due to methodological problems. Therefore a selected number of fish species was studied both in Lac-lagoon (Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles) and the coral reef around Bonaire. Lac-lagoon is the largest lagoon of Bonaire with an area of 8 sq. km. It is a protected wetland according to the Ramsar convention. It consists of a shallow basin with clear nutrient-poor water bordered by mangroves and mudflats. The bottom of the lagoon is mainly covered by seagrasses, especially Thalassia testudium Banks ex König. The investigations were focussed on the importance of the Lac lagoon for the fishes of the reef. The reefs form the main attraction for the tourists visiting Bonaire.

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