Mapping of marine habitats at underwater cliffs in the Nature Park Telašćica

Cetinić, Katarina Ana (2011) Mapping of marine habitats at underwater cliffs in the Nature Park Telašćica. Diploma thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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The Telašćica Nature Park, as well as the entire eastern Adriatic coast, is rich in diverse marine habitats and life communities which inhabit them. This study was conducted at eight different locations on the underwater cliffs in the Nature Park Telašćica, with the objective of gaining better knowledge and the monitoring of the coral fauna of the Adriatic. The species that were observed while SCUBA diving were determined in situ or afterwards in a laboratory from collected samples. Every habitat was mapped as well. Nine different biocenoses were recorded, with 64 anthozoan species within 26 families; 51 of the species belong to the subclass Hexacorallia, and 13 species belong to the subclass Octocorallia. The largest number of species, 37, was recorded at the location Prisika 2, while the smallest number, 24, was found at the location Sestrica Vela 1. The species Actinia equina, Aiptasia mutabilis, Alcyonium acaule, Anemonia viridis, Balanophyllia europaea, Caryophyllia inornata, Caryophyllia smithii, Eunicella cavolinii, Hoplangia durothrix, Leptopsammia pruvoti, Madracis pharensis, Parazoanthus axinellae and Phyllangia mouchezi were found at every observed location. However, for a better understanding of the diversity of the anthozoan species in the Telašćica Nature Park, more studies are needed, at a greater number of locations.

Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
Keywords: coral, Anthozoa, Telašćica Nature Park, mapping, biocenoses
Supervisor: Kružić, Petar
Date: 2011
Number of Pages: 74
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2014 09:59
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2014 09:59

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