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Comparison of the fish communities of the reef flat, the reef edge and the pelagic system in Flores Sea reef environments
Martosewojo, S. (1989). Comparison of the fish communities of the reef flat, the reef edge and the pelagic system in Flores Sea reef environments. Neth. J. Sea Res. 23(2): 193-197
In: Netherlands Journal of Sea Research. Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ): Groningen; Den Burg. ISSN 0077-7579, more
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  • Martosewojo, S.

Abstract
    During the Snellius-II expedition beach seines gill nets were used to sample the fish fauna of reef flats and reef edges of Flores Sea reefs. Beach seining resulted in the largest samples: in total about 14700 specimens representing 104 species. These catches from sand flats and seagrass beds show a remarkable diversity. Slightly over 1000 specimens were collected with gill nets along the reef edges. These much smaller catches show a still wider variety: 143 species. Only six out of the 107 dominant species occur in both habitats. Of the total number of 204 species 43 species were sampled in both habitats. Fishes occurring in both habitats are mainly sand-dwelling species and active predatory species. Pelagic species mainly occur along the reef edge; only epipelagic species are commonly sampled over the reef flat.

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