Spatial distribution of brachyuran crabs in Sarawak with emphasis on fiddler crabs (Genus UCA) as biomonitors of heavy metal pollution

Huet, C.A (2000) Spatial distribution of brachyuran crabs in Sarawak with emphasis on fiddler crabs (Genus UCA) as biomonitors of heavy metal pollution. Masters thesis, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, (UNIMAS).

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Abstract

This study consisted of intertidal surveys to determine the general distribution and zonation of intertidal Brachyuran crabs along the coast of Sarawak and investigations into the use of fiddler crabs (genus Uca) as a biological monitor for heavy metal pollution. The suitability of fiddler crabs as biological monitors was examined by correlating the concentrations of eight heavy metal in the sediment and in the crab tissues, to the population density of the crabs. It was hypothesized that high concentrations of heavy metals would result in low population densities. Population density was estimated by counting the number of open burrows during low tide, assuming a 1:1 burrow-occupancy ratio after preliminary trials. Sediment samples and crab specimens were analysed for heavy metals using atomic absorption spectrometry. The sediment was also examined for particle size, pH and Eh, and percentage of organic matter.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information: Thesis (M.Sc.) - Universiti Malaysia Sarawak , 2000.
Uncontrolled Keywords: postgraduate, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, UNIMAS, IPTA, education, sarawak, malaysia, kuching, samarahan, universiti, university
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2014 07:40
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2015 08:38
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/3610

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