Report on widespread occurrence of colonial epizoan ascidian Didemnum sp. in the seagrass beds of Gulf of Mannar

Jeyabaskaran, R and Raji, N and Prema, D and Kripa, V (2014) Report on widespread occurrence of colonial epizoan ascidian Didemnum sp. in the seagrass beds of Gulf of Mannar. Marine Fisheries Information Service; Technical and Extension Series (222). pp. 7-8. ISSN 0254-380 X

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    Abstract

    The seagrass beds of Gulf of Mannar are one of the major habitats of the Sea cow Dugong dugon. This species is a herbivore that has become more vulnerable in the recent decades caused by habitat degradation due to anthropogenic activities. Ecologically, seagrass beds play several roles such as primary producers, food for herbivores, trapping sediments, preventing erosion and providing shelter for juvenile fishes. Seagrasses also serve as a substrate for fouling organisms, usually epiphytes such as barnacles, polychaetes, ascidians etc.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: colonial epizoan; epizoa; ascidia; Didemnum sp.; seagrass beds; Gulf of Mannar
    Subjects: Invertebrata
    Marine Mammals
    Marine Environment
    Divisions: CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment
    Subject Area > CMFRI > CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment
    CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment
    Subject Area > CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2015 04:33
    Last Modified: 01 Dec 2015 04:33
    URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/10553

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