Restoration of benthic Macro-endofauna after reforestation of Rhizophora Mucronata mangroves in Gazi Bay, Kenya

Show simple item record

dc.contributor.author Mutua, Amos K.
dc.contributor.author Ntiba, M. J.
dc.contributor.author Muthumbi, A.
dc.contributor.author Ngondi, D.
dc.contributor.author Vanreusel, A.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-01-15T11:59:06Z
dc.date.available 2015-01-15T11:59:06Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Western Indian Ocean J. Mar. Sci. Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 39-49, 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.ajol.info/index.php/wiojms/article/view/73986
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/587
dc.description.abstract Recovery of Rhizophora mucronata mangrove ecosystems was investigated by assessing the physical characteristics of their sediments and the forest densities, community composition and diversity of macro-endofauna. This was done in 5- and 10-year reforested mangroves and natural and degraded controls. Natural and 10-year reforested sites were characterised by significantly higher TOM and silt/clay. The natural site had significantly higher (ANOVA, p<0.05) macrofaunal densities than all the other sites. Oligochaetes dominated the natural and 10-year reforested sites, but in higher densities at the former. Polychaetes and nemertines dominated the 5-year reforested and degraded sites. PCA, MDS and ANOSIM indicated clear differences in physical characteristics of the sediment and macrofaunal composition between the sites. The study showed that, while mangrove degradation leads to drastic changes in sediment characteristics as well as macrofaunal density and community structure, reforested mangroves evolve slowly back to their natural condition. However, the recovery may take more than 10 years before complete in terms of their TOM and macrofaunal densities. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Mangroves en_US
dc.subject Rhizophora mucronata en_US
dc.subject macrofauna en_US
dc.subject restoration en_US
dc.title Restoration of benthic Macro-endofauna after reforestation of Rhizophora Mucronata mangroves in Gazi Bay, Kenya en_US
dc.type Article en_US


Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

Search Repository


Browse

My Account