The sponge resources of India

Thomas, P A (1973) The sponge resources of India. In: Proceedings of the symposium on living resources of the seas around India, 1968, Mandapam Camp.



Marine sponges are found in fair abundance in the Indian region. Of about 305 species recorded from the coasts of India a variety of Spongia, viz., Spongia officinalis yat. ceylonensis Dendy appears to have commercial possibilities. It is widely distributed in the shallow water areas of Gulf of Mannar, Palk Bay and Laccadive Archipelago. In view of its softness, absorbent power, elasticity combined with its size and shape its suitability for commercial purpose is pointed out. The abundance, distribution, etc., are given in this paper. The possible steps to be adopted for the exploitation of the same are also briefly discussed.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:sponge resources; India
Subjects:Marine Ecosystems > Sponges
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Fishery Environment
ID Code:2765
Deposited By:Dr. V Mohan
Deposited On:31 Aug 2010 11:58
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