DIVERSITY, DISTRIBUTION, AND ABUNDANCE OF ANNELIDA IN UiTM NEGERI SEMBILAN FOREST RESERVE

  • NURSYAZNI ABDUL RAHIM UiTM CAWANGAN NEGERI SEMBILAN
  • Siti Khadijah Baniran School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Applied Sciences Universiti Teknologi MARA Cawangan Negeri Sembilan, Kampus Kuala Pilah , 72000 Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan,

Abstract

Annelida is a universal, abundant, and varied collection of creatures that can be discovered on
terrestrial, freshwater as well as in marine. Their biological importance relies not only on the
comparatively high number of species but also on their often high abundance. However, knowledge of
Annelida in UiTM Negeri Sembilan Forest Reserve is poorly known and documented resulted due to
a lack of awareness of their role in the ecosystem. Hence, this research was done to identify the
species and investigate the diversity and abundance of Annelida in three different areas in UiTM
Negeri Sembilan Forest Reserve. This research was advantageous in helping to manage, preserve,
protect, and conserve Annelida’s habitat for ecological sustainability and may contribute to society's
knowledge and information to other researchers about Annelida’s diversity. A sampling collection was
conducted seven times in April 2022 at Site A, Site B and Site C. The specimens were hand-sorted
and placed in a plastic pail. Then, the specimens were brought to the laboratory for the identification
process. A total of 134 individual Annelida samples were collected from Site A (N = 85), Site B (N =
11) and Site C (N = 38). From detailed identifications and observations based on morphological
characteristics, they were classified into two species which are Pontoscolex corethrurus (N = 110) and
Haemadipsa zeylanica (N = 24). The statistical analysis shows the richness (R) = 0.20, diversity (H) =
0.47, evenness (E) = 0.68. The Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) of this study shows both length and
weight were significant to distinguish between P. corethrurus and H. zeylanica species. Based on this
research, the Annelida diversity in the UiTM Forest Reserve is relatively low. However, further
detailed research is needed to discover more about the variety of annelids in this area.

Author Biography

Siti Khadijah Baniran, School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Applied Sciences Universiti Teknologi MARA Cawangan Negeri Sembilan, Kampus Kuala Pilah , 72000 Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan,

Final year student 2022

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Published
2024-04-30
How to Cite
ABDUL RAHIM, NURSYAZNI; BANIRAN, Siti Khadijah. DIVERSITY, DISTRIBUTION, AND ABUNDANCE OF ANNELIDA IN UiTM NEGERI SEMBILAN FOREST RESERVE. Journal of Academia, [S.l.], v. 12, n. 1, p. 41-48, apr. 2024. ISSN 2289-6368. Available at: <https://myjms.mohe.gov.my/index.php/joa/article/view/22027>. Date accessed: 24 july 2024.
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