Systematic account of scleractinian corals

George, Rani Mary and Jasmine, S and Kingsly, H Jose and Ajith Kumar, T T (2019) Systematic account of scleractinian corals. In: Stony corals, sponges and reef fishes off Enayam to Kollam, south-west coast of India. CMFRI Special Publication (119). ICAR - Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi, pp. 7-36.

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    Coral reefs are ecosystems of high biological productivity. Owing to the rich biological diversity and the services they render, they have been centres of scientific research since many decades. In India, most of the earlier studies on coral diversity and distribution focused on major coral reef areas like the Lakshadweep, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, the Gulf of Mannar, Palk Bay and the Gulf of Kutch. Occurrence of coral reefs along the south-west coast of India was once considered meagre to non-existent; however, recent studies indicated that coral communities are present along this coast. Underwater surveys were carried out off Enayam to Kollam along the south-west coast of India during 2008-2012 and a total of 15 species of stony corals belonging to 6 genera and 5 families were recorded. A detailed systematic account of all the recorded species is given in this chapter.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Coral diversity, Scleractinian corals, Systematics
    Subjects: Marine Ecosystems > Coral Reefs
    Divisions: CMFRI-Calicut (Kozhikode)
    CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Biodiversity Division
    Subject Area > CMFRI > CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Biodiversity Division
    CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Biodiversity Division
    Subject Area > CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Biodiversity Division
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2019 05:55
    Last Modified: 18 Nov 2019 05:55

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