Songklanakarin Journal of Science and Technology (SJST) (Dec 2011)

Marine copepods at Mo Ko Thale Tai, Gulf of Thailand

  • Supiyanit Maiphae1*,
  • Phannee Sa-ardrit2

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 33, no. 6
pp. 641 – 651


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The taxonomic composition, abundance and spatio-temporal distribution of copepods were analyzed from bimonthlyzooplankton samples collected at Mo Ko Thale-tai, Nakhon Si Thammarat Province. Sixteen copepod genera in familiesCalanoida (9), Harpacticoida (4), Poecilostomatoida (2), and Cyclopoida (1) were identified. This number accounted for 59% ofthe recorded Thai marine copepods (27 genera). The most common genera were Oithona, Euterpina, Acrocalanus, Corycaeus,and Microsetella. Copepod blooms were observed in October 2006 (103,044 individuals/m3) and July 2007 (73,579 individuals/m3). Their abundance was consistently high around Ko Tan where seaweeds, seagrasses ,and corals dominated the area. Thisevidence indicated that the prevalence of these microhabitats that most likely provide food and nursery grounds for thelarval stages might be one of the key factors that determine the occurrence, abundance and distribution of copepods.