Spatial and temporal assemblage of potamides cingulatus (Gmelin) found in the mangrove creek area of Karachi, Pakistan

Farah Naz, Naureen Aziz Qureshi, Noor Us Saher

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Abstract

An annual study on Potamides cingulatus (Gmelin) assemblages with environmental, biological parameters and sediment properties was carried out at low tide from three sites in Port Qasim Korangi Phitti mangrove creek area and Sandspit backwaters along the coast of Karachi from January 1999 to December 1999. Environmental factors in the mangrove creek area included pore and water temperature influenced by seasons whereas, the salinity, pH, Eh (mv) and the biotic parameters like crab burrows and pneumatophores (or roots) were preliminary influenced by sites. The total density of P. cingulatus ranged in between 4 to 592 per m2. Significant variations were observed in density among sites (F2,71 = 15.14, P < 0.05). The total mean seasonal distribution showed a high density of P. cingulatus during SW monsoon (141.8 ± 157.6) and post monsoon (129.1 ± 154.4) respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberA007
Pages (from-to)87-92
Number of pages6
JournalMausam
Volume66
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Environmental parameters
  • Karachi
  • Mangrove
  • Potamides cingulatus
  • Seasonal dynamics

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