New Zealand Journal of Ecology (1980) 3: 97- 103

Faunal community structure of eight soft shore, intertidal habitats in the Manukau Harbour

Research Article
P. R. Henriques 1,2
  1. Botany Department, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  2. Present address: N.Z. Electricity, A Division of the Ministry of Energy, P.O. Box 974, Dunedin, New Zealand

A study was made of the effects of pollution and the presence of macrovegetation on the species diversity and density of large benthic fauna in the Manukau Harbour, Auckland. Pollution reduced faunal density but had only a slight effect on species diversity. Species diversity was higher on both eelgrass (Zostera muelleri) flats and in mangrove (Avicennia resinifera) forests than in comparable non-vegetated habitats. Presence of mangroves also increased faunal density