The Ecology and Burrow Architecture of Ghost Crab at Selected Beaches Around Kuching Division

Asyraf Ahamed, Bin Basheer Ahamad (2011) The Ecology and Burrow Architecture of Ghost Crab at Selected Beaches Around Kuching Division. [Project Report] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Ghost crabs are macroinvertebrates under the Genus Ocypode is active at nigJ-lt foraging for food and live in a burrow. Generally, they live at the sandy beach and widely found in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Ghost crab is a pest for turtle conservation and protection sanctuary in Malaysia. Documentation about ghost crabs' ecology and burrow architecture are necessary for future research and effective marine turtle management. Therefore, this research aimed to identify the burrow shape of ghost crab according to beach profile, and establish relationship of burrow architecture with sediment type. Study has been conducted at beaches around Kuching division which are Sematan beach, Siar beach and Pandan beach. Utilization of Plaster of Paris and Polyester Resin is useful to obtain the burrow shape. Among the shapes obtained in this study were J, J, U, G and spiral shape with the burrows mostly found in high tide and middle tide zone. Sediment analysis shows that Pandan beach has high coarse sand percentage but Sematan and Siar beach has high fine sand percentage. The burrow shape and bioglyphs were determined by sediment type and the shape varied according to sediment type, sexes, species and size. The ghost crab species found in this study was OC,vpode ceratolphthalmus based on the ghost crab caught from the burrow.

Item Type: Project Report
Additional Information: Project Report (B.Sc.) -- Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, 2011.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ghost crab, ecology, burrow architecture, sediment analysis, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, undergraduate, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Resource Science and Technology
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2016 07:47
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2016 07:47
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/10081

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