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Biodiversity and Abundance of Plankton Communities along the Coastal Waters of Gulf of Aqaba, Saudi Arabia

Biodiversity and Abundance of Plankton Communities along the Coastal Waters of Gulf of Aqaba, Saudi Arabia

Mohsen M. El-Sherbiny1,2,*, Reny P. Devassy1, Erinn M. Muller3, Abdulmohsin A. Al-Sofyani1 and Ali M. Al-Aidaroos1

1Department of Marine Biology, Faculty of Marine Science, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia
2Department of Marine Sciences, Faculty of Science, Suez Canal University, Ismailia 41522, Egypt
3MOTE Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, Sarasota, FL 34236, USA

*      Corresponding author: ooomar@kau.edu.sa

 

Fig. 1.

Map showing the study stations along the Saudi Arabian waters of the Gulf of Aqaba.

Fig. 2.

Vertical profiles of different physical parameters obtained during the study period. A, station 1; B, station 2; C, station 3; D, station 4.

Fig. 3.

Vertical profiles of various nutrients and chlorophyll a obtained during the study period.

Fig. 4.

Abundance (A) and percentage (B) of different phytoplankton groups observed during the study period.

Fig. 5.

Diel variability in the abundance of different zooplankton groups observed during the study period. A, total zooplankton density; B, total copepods; C, total molluscs; D, total chaetognaths; E, total tunicates; F, other crustacean.

Fig. 6.

Diel variability observed in the distribution of major calanoids (A) and cyclopoids (B) copepod species during the study period.

Pakistan Journal of Zoology

October

Vol. 51, Iss. 5, Pages 1599-1997

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