Phytoplankton community structure of a mangrove habitat in the arid environment of Oman: The dominance of Peridinium quinquecorne

Khalid Al-Hashmi, Adnan Al-Azri, Michel R. Claereboudt, Sergey Piontkovski, S. M N Amin

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Abstract

Little is known about the physical, biological and chemical oceanographic conditions of Oman's Avecenia marina dominated coastal mangrove ecosystem. This study provided information on the phytoplankton community structure and biomass (Chla) and their variability in relation to chemical and physical changes in the coastal mangrove ecosystem of Bandar Khyran Bay. Monthly assessments of phytoplankton and (chlorophyll a) accompanied by CTD and nutrient measurements were carried out at one station from January 2001 to December 2001, Chla were moderately low throughout in all probability due to the high water temperatures, low nutrient concentrations and high turbidity as well as the absence of diatoms in the phytoplankton community. The contribution of net phytoplankton >20 jim to total biomass was minimal throughout the study period except during December where it accounted for 53% of the total biomass. Phytoplankton populations within the size range of 0.74-

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)595-606
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science
Volume8
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Chlorophyll a
  • Coastal up welling
  • Conductivity
  • Depth sensor
  • Dinoflagellate
  • Peridinium quinquecorne
  • Temperature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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