Acta Scientific Veterinary Sciences (ISSN: 2582-3183)

Research Article Volume 4 Issue 5

Efficacy of Sampling Design to Study Macrofaunal Assemblage on Exposed Sandy Beaches

Rathod RH*, Barve SK, Shridhankar MM, Indulkar ST, Yewale VG, Lokhande PC and Waghmare SS

Department of Fisheries Extension, Economic and Statistics, College of Fishery Science, Nagpur, India

*Corresponding Author: Rathod RH, Department of Fisheries Extension, Economic and Statistics, College of Fishery Science, Nagpur, India.

Received: March 21, 2022; Published: April 08, 2022


Exposed sandy beaches are characterized by ecologically complex environments, which exhibit considerable spatial and temporal habitat heterogeneity. Further, exposed sandy beaches undergo diurnal variations such as desiccation during low tide and submergence during high tide. The amount of submergence and exposure varies as per the tidal amplitude and intensity due to lunar cycle. Considering spatial and temporal heterogeneity of macrofauna and variations in sampling designs used in hitherto studies, an attempt was made to find out most suitable sampling design with regard to quadrat size and interval between quadrat needed to obtain the most précised estimate of macrofaunal assemblage on exposed sandy beaches must be sampled at least for one complete year after taking appropriate number of transects on the beach with quadrat size of 0.25 sq. m, spaced 12 m apart from each other over a complete transect length to study macrofauna assemblage.

Keywords: Sampling Design; Macrofauna; Richness; Abundance


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Citation: Rathod RH., et al. “Efficacy of Sampling Design to Study Macrofaunal Assemblage on Exposed Sandy Beaches".Acta Scientific Veterinary Sciences 4.5 (2022): 31-37.


Copyright: © 2022 Rathod RH., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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