Malaysian Applied Biology Journal

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Malays. Appl. Biol. (2015) 44(1): 139-145

 

SPECIES COMPOSITION AND ABUNDANCE OF PEAT SWAMP FISHES IN SELECTED AREAS OF SELANGOR, MALAYSIA

MUHAMMAD FAHMI AHMAD and ABDULLAH SAMAT*

School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia,

43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

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ABSTRACT

A total of 22 species of freshwater fish representing 10 families were collected from peat swamp area of Kuala Langat and Sungai Dusun in Selangor. Five families, comprised of 16 species were found in Kuala Langat and 15 species belonging to 10 families in Sungai Dusun peat swamp areas. Osphronemidae was the dominant group of fishes at both areas. Higher species diversity was recorded at Sungai Dusun (H’ = 1.75) than Kuala Langat (H’ = 1.42) peat swamp. Independent t-test based on H’ values mean [t(18) = 2.764; p < 0.05] showed there are statistically difference in diversity index between areas. Species diversity was unaffected by monsoon season as precipitation occurred all year around. Dissolved oxygen is the only physical parameter measured that shows positive correlation with species diversity of fish at both areas.

Key words: Freshwater fish; species diversity; peat swamp

 

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