The spatial and temporal variations of nematofauna of recovering Rhizophora mucronata mangroves at Gazi Bay, Kenya

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dc.contributor.author Mutua, Amos K.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-18T06:04:20Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-18T06:04:20Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation WIO Journal of Marine Science 15 (2); 55-66 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0856-860X
dc.identifier.uri https://www.ajol.info/index.php/wiojms/article/download/137760/145311
dc.identifier.uri http://repository.seku.ac.ke/handle/123456789/3443
dc.description.abstract The spatio-temporal variations in physical sediment characteristics and nematode community assemblages were investigated and compared between a natural, a 10-year reforested, and a degraded Rhizophora mucronata mangrove ecosystem in Gazi Bay, Kenya. PCA showed a clear separation of the degraded site from both the natural and the 10 years reforested sites based TOM and silt/clay. The wet and the dry seasons of the natural and the 10 years reforested sites were also separated based on salinity and silt/clay. An nMDS and ANOSIM analysis on nematode community gave a clear spatial pattern, with both the natural and the 10 years reforested sites separated from the degraded site. The genera Terschellingia and Pierickia were dominant in the natural and the 10 years reforested sites respectively, and were responsible for the differences between both the natural and 10 years reforested sites, and the degraded site. The degraded site was characterised by high densities of the genus Metachromadora. This study shows that clear felling of mangroves leads to changes in nematode genera composition. It is also evident that the nematode community has fully re-established within 10 years of reforestation. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject mangroves en_US
dc.subject nematodes en_US
dc.subject reforestation en_US
dc.subject recolonisation en_US
dc.subject spatial en_US
dc.subject temporal en_US
dc.title The spatial and temporal variations of nematofauna of recovering Rhizophora mucronata mangroves at Gazi Bay, Kenya en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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