Author : Deli Wakano*, Dece Elisabeth Sahertian
The research is aimed at determining the association of the Holothuroidea with Seagrass in Ameth Coastal Waters, Nusalaut, Central Moluccas. The placement of the transect line was based on the presence of Seagrass beds in the coastal waters. Holothuroidea and seagrass sampling were performed on the same transect, using the quadrant transect with plots in the size of 1x1 m. There were three Holothuroidea species; Holothuria atra, Holothuria leuscopilota, and Synapta maculata found from each plot of scattered observation. Meanwhile, there were 7 species of seagrass were found namely Cymodocea rotundata, Halodule pinifolia, Halodule uninervis, Syringodium isoetifolium, Enhalus acoroides, Halophila ovalis, and Thalassia hemprichii. The result shows that all species of Holothuroidea were associated with all species of Seagrass. Type of associations between Holothuroidea and Seagrass were positive and negative. Key words: Holothuroidea, Seagrass, Association, Nusalaut.
Dr. Arend L Mapanawang, Sp.PD, FINASIM, PhD