Growth and reproduction in some species of Gracilaria and Gracilariopsis in the Palk bay

Rao, M Umamaheswara (1973) Growth and reproduction in some species of Gracilaria and Gracilariopsis in the Palk bay. Indian Journal of Fisheries, 20 (1). pp. 182-192.

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Abstract

Growth and fruiting behaviour of the populations of Gracilaria edulis, Gracilaria foliifera and Gracilariopsis sjoestedtii are described based on the field studies conducted from January 1969 to June 1971 in the Palk Bay near Rameswaram. Populations of these three agar-yielding red algae have been observed throughout the year with two half yearly growth cycles, one from October/ November to April and the other from May/June to September. The rale of growth was found to vary in the growth cycles. Plants with reproductive structures occur in Gracilaria edulis and Gracilaria foliifera in all months of the year and in Gracilariopsis sjoestedtii for a short period from November to March. Variations observed in the abundance of sexual, asexual and sterile plants and the abnormal features noticed in the reproductive behaviour of these three algae have been discussed.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Growth and reproduction; Gracilaria; Gracilariopsis; Palk bay
Subjects:Algae > Seaweed
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Fishery Environment
ID Code:1231
Deposited By:Dr. V Mohan
Deposited On:23 Jun 2010 15:34
Last Modified:23 Jun 2010 15:34

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