Structure of a toothed cetacean community around a tropical island (Mayotte, Mozambique Channel)




We describe the structure of a toothed cetacean community around the island of Mayotte (South-West Indian Ocean, 45°10’E, 12°50’S), using data collected from small boat-based surveys conducted between July 2004 and June 2006. In all, 16 odontocete species were recorded. Diversity (Shannon-Weaver index) was particularly high along the outer slope of the barrier reef. Patterns of spatial distribution underscore the existence of three main cetacean habitat types: the inner lagoon (Indo Pacific bottlenose dolphin Tursiops aduncus, and humpback dolphin Sousa chinensis), the outer reef slope (Spinner dolphin Stenella longirostris, Pantropical spotted dolphin S. Attenuate and melon-headed whale Peponocephala electra) and oc


African Journal of Marine Science,






- N/A


- Inglês


- Nenhuma restrição


- Biodiversidade Marinha


- Artigo com revisão pelos pares e teses universitárias


- Diversidade biológica e cultural


- Nenhuma / Não aplicável



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