Meiobenthos from the Karwar region (central west coast of India)

Z.A. Ansari

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Abundance and distribution of meiobenthos in shallow, sub-tidal region of Karwar were studied. The sediments were predominantly composed of silt and clay. The fauna largely consisted of nematodes, foraminifera, polychaetes, copepods and ostracods. Nematodes and foraminifera formed the main groups in the fauna. Approximately 70% of the total fauna occurred in the upper in the fauna. Approximately 70% of the total fauna occurred in the upper 2 cm of the sediments. Nematodes, foraminifera and polychaetes were found in the entire 6 cm long core. While copepods, ostracods, lamellibranchs, kinorhynchs and turbellarians were limited to the upper 0-4 cm layer of the sediments

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