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POPULATION DYNAMICS OF HOLOTHURIA (HOLOTHURIA) TUBULOSA AND HOLOTHURIA (LESSONOTHURIA) POLII OF AN ALGERIAN POSIDONIA OCEANICA MEADOW

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dc.contributor.author MEZALI, Karim
dc.contributor.author ZUPO, V
dc.contributor.author FRANCOUR, P
dc.date.accessioned 2018-10-17T21:45:35Z
dc.date.available 2018-10-17T21:45:35Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/793
dc.description.abstract Deposit-feeder holothurians represent a major component of Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile ecosys-tems. They actively contribute to the turnover of organic matter by ingesting materials in the detritus layer. The evolution of the biomass/density ratio was investigated for two aspidochirotid species Holothuria (H.) tubulosa (Gmelin, 1978) and Holothuria (L.) polii (Rowe, 1969). Quantitative samples were seasonally collected from March 2001 to February 2002, at 3 m depth in two Algerian contiguous shallow stations. The data collected in each season were statistically compared between stations, species and seasons. A significant difference between species was demonstrated in both stations. However, for both species, the bio-mass/density ratios exhibited a maximum in summer and a minimum in fall. The minimum value of the bio-mass/density ratio may be interpreted as an indication of recruitment. The mean abundance of Holothuria (L.) polii was significantly lower in the polluted station than in the unpolluted station. The data collected confirm the importance of Holothuria (L.) polii as an indicator of the pollution. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Biologia Marina Mediterranea en_US
dc.subject echinoderms, population dynamics, seagrass, pollution, Algerian basin. en_US
dc.title POPULATION DYNAMICS OF HOLOTHURIA (HOLOTHURIA) TUBULOSA AND HOLOTHURIA (LESSONOTHURIA) POLII OF AN ALGERIAN POSIDONIA OCEANICA MEADOW en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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