Baran, E. (2000) Biodiversity of estuarine fish faunas in West Africa. Naga, the ICLARM Quarterly, 23(4), pp. 4-9.
In West Africa (between Ivory Coast and Sénégal), estuarine environments vary from lagoons to high discharge rivers to inverse hypersaline estuaries. This results in a high diversity of estuarine fish species, with an important turnover and a core of ubiquitous species. The species richness of a given estuary depends on the combination of hydrological factors (marine or freshwater dominance) and biogeography (continental biogeographic regions). The catch rate is higher in lagoons and inverse estuaries than in normal estuaries, which can be explained by the predominance of small juveniles in the latter. Clupeids are the most abundant fishes all over the region, but different systems have different dominant species. Assessing the functioning of West-African estuaries provides useful comparisons to Asian estuarine systems.
|Item Type: ||Article|
|Title: ||Biodiversity of estuarine fish faunas in West Africa|
|Personal Creator/Author: |
|Journal or Publication Title: ||Naga, the ICLARM Quarterly|
|Page Range: ||pp. 4-9|
|Issuing Agency: ||WorldFish Center|
|Uncontrolled Keywords: ||Estuarine fisheries; Resource management; Fauna; Species diversity; Africa, West|
|Item ID: ||9077|
|Depositing User: ||Mr William Ko|
|Date Deposited: ||26 Nov 2012 09:32|
|Last Modified: ||26 Nov 2012 09:32|
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