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Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2005, Vol 5, Num, 1     (Pages: 49-52)

A Method for the Estimation of Detritus Energy Generation in Aquatic Habitats

A. Palavesam 1 ,S. Beena 2 ,G. Immanuel 2

1 Department of Zoology, Muslim Arts College, Thiruvithancode, Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Centre for Marine Science and Technology, M.S. University, Rajakkamangalam – 629 502, Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu, India
Viewed : 3915 - Downloaded : 2937 Considering the amount of oxygen used for oxidation of detritus organic matter, oxycalorific co-efficient and morphometric feature (Area) of the zones as well as the energy consumed by the dominant detritivores, a method was proposed to estimate the detritus energy generation in aquatic habitats. The conversion of organic matter to energy by oxycalorific co-efficient was also counterchecked by the direct calorimetric energy estimates using Semi-Micro bomb- Calorimeter. The difference between direct estimate and estimate by oxycalorific co-efficient conversion was not statistically significant (“t” test, P > 0.05). Keywords : Energy, Aquatic habitats, Detritus, Biomass