The distribution of corals on a reef at Mandapam (Palk Bay), S. India

Pillai, C S G (1969) The distribution of corals on a reef at Mandapam (Palk Bay), S. India. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India, 11 (1&2). pp. 62-72.


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    Small coral reefs of fringing type are found in the Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar at the south-eastern coast of India. They are located chiefly around the various islands lying between Tuticorin and Rameswaram in the Gulf of Mannar, and in Palk Bay at Mandapam and along the eastern side of Rameswaram Island. Early references to some of these reefs are made by Foote (1880) Thurston (1895) and Sewell (1932,1935) who referred largely to the raised up reefs of the Rameswaram Island. In this account an attempt is made to describe the structure of a shallow-water reef at Mandapam (Palk Bay). The horizontal distribution of the various corals on the reef is discussed in relation to a few possible factors that might influence the distribution. This account is based on a study of the reef which was visited as and when conditions permitted, for over a period of three years.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: coral; distribution; reef; mandapam; india
    Subjects: Marine Environment
    Marine Ecosystems > Coral Reefs > Conservation
    Marine Ecosystems > Coral Reefs
    Marine Biodiversity
    Divisions: CMFRI-Mandapam
    Depositing User: Dr. V Mohan
    Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2010 12:07
    Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:09

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