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Distribution, Abundance and Population Ecology of Ashtoret lunaris (Forskel, 1775) and Matuta planipes Fabricius, 1798 from the Sonmiani Bay (Lagoon), Pakistan

Distribution, Abundance and Population Ecology of Ashtoret lunaris (Forskel, 1775) and Matuta planipes Fabricius, 1798 from the Sonmiani Bay (Lagoon), Pakistan

Noor Us Saher1, Zunaira Amanat2, M. Asif Gondal3 and Naureen Aziz Qureshi4,*

1Centre of Excellence in Marine Biology, University of Karachi, Karachi 75270, Pakistan.
2Department of Zoology, Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology, University Road, Karachi, Pakistan.
3Department of Biosciences, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Park Road, Islamabad, Pakistan
4Government College Women University, Faisalabad, Pakistan

* Corresponding author: naureenaziz.qureshi@gmail.com; noorusaher@yahoo.com

Figure 1

Coastline of Pakistan showing the location of Sonmiani Bay (Miani Hor) Lagoon.

Figure 2

Diagrammatic presentation of Ashtoret lunaris (Forskal, 1775) Morphometric measurements (TL, Carapace length CW, Carapace width and Ch. L., Chela length).

Figure 3

Monthly percent occurance of M. planipes and A. lunaris in the coastal waters of Sonmiani bay (Apr. 2005 - Mar. 2007).

Figure 4

The growth curves (A, male; B, female) showing the size of carapace of 50% popultion of M. planipes attained sexual maturity in Sonmiani bay (Apr. 2005 - Mar. 2007).

Figure 5

The growth curves (A, male; B, female) showing the size of carapace of 50% population of A.lunaris attained sexual maturity in Sonmiani bay (Apr. 2005 - Mar. 2007).

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