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Zooplankton of Iraqi Marine Water North West Arabian Gulf  

Shaker G. Ajeel
Department of Marine Biology, Marine Science Centre, University of Basrah, Iraq
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International Journal of Marine Science, 2017, Vol. 7, No. 8   doi: 10.5376/ijms.2017.07.0008
Received: 14 Feb., 2017    Accepted: 09 Mar., 2017    Published: 19 Mar., 2017
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Ajeel S.G., 2017, Zooplankton of Iraqi marine water north west Arabian Gulf, International Journal of Marine Science, 7(8): 67-75 (doi: 10.5376/ijms.2017.07.0008)


Samples were collected from seven stations in Iraqi marine water at North west Arabian Gulf by a plankton net (0.120 mm mesh-size and 40 cm mouth aperture) during July 2009 and March 2010. The population density of zooplankton ranged between 185 ind./m3 during March 2010 to 32856 ind./m3 during July 2009 at St. 3 (Al-Musab). Crustaceans were the dominant which constitute 76.4% of the total zooplankton in study area. Copepoda constitute (76%), Bivalve (9%), Rotifera (6%), Cirripede larvae and Appendicularia (2%) of the total zooplankton. The average biomass of zooplankton estimated as wet weight 387.7 mg/m3, dry weight 18.7 mg/m3, displacement volume 0.5 ml/ m3 and standing crop 33.0 mg C/ m3 in study area.

Zooplankton; Density; Biomass; NW Arabian Gulf
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