Coral Reefs

Zooplankton community changes over monsoons in a Malaysian coral reef

Ryota and his colleagues investigated zooplankton community in a coral reef of Malaysia .

The research team collected copepods with a plankton net over different monsoonal periods.

They found that more than 70% of the community was dominated by small copepods throughout the year, and the species composition varied with seasonal monsoons.

The research team considers that differences in water source and food availability shape the distinct structure of the copepod assemblages in tropical coral reef waters of South East Asia.

 

Nakajima R, Yoshida T, Othman BHR, Toda T (2015) Monsoonal changes in the planktonic copepod community structure in a tropical coral reef at Tioman Island, Malaysia. Regional Studies in Marine Science 2: 9-26.

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