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Diversity and Distribution of Intertidal Benthic Fauna at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary of Dubai

Author Affiliations

  • 1Coastal Zone Waterways and Management Section, Environment Department, Dubai Municipality, Dubai
  • 2Natural Resources Conservation Section, Dubai Municipality, Dubai
  • 3Coastal Zone Waterways and Management Section, Environment Department, Dubai Municipality, Dubai

Res. J. Marine Sci., Volume 4, Issue (7), Pages 1-8, August,13 (2016)

Abstract

This research reports the diversity and population of intertidal benthic fauna from Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary a RAMSAR site of Dubai during January (winter season), 2015. The study was conducted at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary (RAKWS) to assess the present status of the intertidal benthic fauna. Thirty one benthic fauna species belonging to 3 phylum representing 6 classes were recorded. Collections were made from 14 stations. The stations were divided into four (4) sectors, as results showed that major Polycheates were dominant at sector 1 and 4 in general, particularly at JSIB1, JSIB2, RSIB1 and RSIB2. However, (molluscan) gastropods and bivalves (to certain extent) were dominant at sector-2 followed by sector-4, 3 and 1. The results indicate that in RAKWS the dominance of inter-tidal benthic fauna is relatively high while the level of diversity is low.

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