Studies on Indian corals 5. Preliminary report on new records of Hermatypic corals of the suborder Astrocoeniinan

Pillai, C S G (1967) Studies on Indian corals 5. Preliminary report on new records of Hermatypic corals of the suborder Astrocoeniinan. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India, 9 (2). pp. 412-422.

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Abstract

The author made a fairly exhaustive collection of shallow-water stony corals from Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar around Mandapam (Long. 79° 9' 30" E., Lat. 9°17' N.) from 1964 to 1966, during fair weather i.e. from June to September from Palk Bay and from November to March from Gulf of Mannar. For the details of the various localities from where collections are made, reference is invited to the accompanying map. The collections were supplemented by materials obtained fromChetlat Island (Long. 72° 40' E., Lat. 11° 45' N.) and Minicoy (Long. 73° E. Lat. 8° 14' N.) from the Laccadives and Tuticorin from Gulf of Mannar (Long. 78° 9' E., Lat. 8 48' N.) and from Port Blair (Long. 92° 46' E., Lat. 11°4I' N) in Andamans. The present paper which forms the fifth in the series of studies on Indian corals (Nos. 1 to 4, Pillai, 1967) 25 species of hermatypic corals of the suborder Astrocoeniina are reported for the first time from the seas around India. Out of these, Acropora exigua (Dana), Montipora granulosa Bernard, M. turgescens Bernard, M. elschneri Vaughan, M. verrilli Vaughan and M. composita Crossland are new records to the Indian Ocean as a whole. The classification of scleractinia adopted here is that of Vaughan and Wells (1943) as modifiedby Wells (1956). Only important references are given under the synonymy for each species. A detailed report of the specimens with relevant illustrations will be published elsewhere. All t.he specimens mentioned herein are collected at a depth not exceeding 2 metres at low tide.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:scleractinia; Montipora granulosa Bernard; Acropora exigua; Dana; Palk Bay; Gulf of Mannar
Subjects:Marine Ecosystems > Coral Reefs
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Fishery Environment
ID Code:1528
Deposited By:Geetha P Mrs
Deposited On:29 Jul 2010 12:16
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