alexa Preliminary Study on Benthic and Arboreal Fauna Associated with Mangrove Rhizophora mucronata on the East Coast of Mauritius (Indian Ocean) with Special Reference to the Mollusca | Abstract
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Research Article

Preliminary Study on Benthic and Arboreal Fauna Associated with Mangrove Rhizophora mucronata on the East Coast of Mauritius (Indian Ocean) with Special Reference to the Mollusca

Abstract

Mangrove ecosystems are important as they harbour a diversity of life forms. This study aimed at studying the
benthic and arboreal macrofaunal diversity and abundance associated with three naturally occurring
mangrove forests of Mauritius, Western Indian Ocean. The mangrove areas included Roches Noires,
Mahebourg and Pointe Maurice, on the east coast of the island. The field study was carried out at low tide
during summer season from October 2003 to February 2004. At each of the three sites, the arboreal and
benthic macrofauna were sampled separately, using quadrats of 1 m x 1 m and 25 cm x 25 cm, respectively.
Sixty-four benthic and 42 arboreal quadrats were collected from Roche Noires, 40 benthic and 41 arboreal
quadrats at Mahebourg and 40 benthic and 30 arboreal quadrats at Pointe Maurice. The results showed that
benthic habitat is more diverse with regards to molluscan families (24 families) than the arboreal habitat (5
families). Pointe Maurice has a more diverse benthic fauna. Relative percentage abundance and mean density
of molluscan families are reported. Highest mean densities and relative abundance were recorded for the
Family Littorinidae among arboreal macrofauna. In benthic macrofauna, the highest mean densities and
relative abundance were noted in Family Cerithiidae at Roches Noires and Mahebourg

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