Oyster resources of India

Mahadevan, S (1987) Oyster resources of India. CMFRI Bulletin, 38. pp. 14-16.


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Of the 8 species of Crassostrea listed by Awati and Rai (1931) only C. madrasensis (Preston), C. gryphoides (Newton & Smith), C. discoidea (Gould) and C. cucuU lata are known to be economically and commercially important so far as India is concerned. Following Stenzel (1971) who recognised Saccostrea as one of the eight genera of living oysters the tuberculated species, Crassostrea cucuUata is now designated as Saccostrea cucullata (Born). It has now been reported by Rao (personal communication) that it is C. rivularis (Gould) that occurs all along the Gujarat Coast and in some regions of Maharashtra coast. Judging from the commonness and distributional abundance of these 4 species under the two g snera found in India it can be reasonably stated that C. madrasensis is the native oyster of India and C gryphoides and C. rivularis may be designated as west coast oysters for the purpose of convenience.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Oyster resources; India
Subjects: Molluscan Fisheries > Edible oyster
Divisions: CMFRI-Cochin > Marine Capture > Molluscan Fisheries
Depositing User: Dr. V Mohan
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2010 07:18
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:18
URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/2561

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