Systematic Appraisal of Hard Corals (Family Acroporidae) from the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve South-East India

George, Rani Mary and Sukumaran, Sandhya (2007) Systematic Appraisal of Hard Corals (Family Acroporidae) from the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve South-East India. CMFRI Bulletin, 50 . CMFRI, Kochi, pp. 1-118.

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Abstract

A most comprehensive account of coral fauna has been made by the authors, based on a study on the hard corals of the south-east coast of India collected recently from the various small islands extending from Vembar to Rameswaram (90 14’-90 09’N Lat. and 790 14’-780 35’E Long.), in the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve and from the two reefs (90 17’ N Lat. and 790 9-12’E Long.) in Palk Bay which are described in depth and illustrated. The present account deals with 43 species of the family Acroporidae belonging to 2 genera viz., Acropora and Montipora. Among the species under genus Montipora, M. caliculata is new to India; under the genus Acropora three species are new to India and four new to science. A synopsis of the various species is provided under each genus, discussed, and detailed descriptions are provided based on material collected. An attempt was made to resolve many problems of synonyms that have resulted in a marked reduction of the species recognised by earlier authors and addition of species and records new to science and India. Ecological notes are provided under each species with specific location of their occurrence to facilitate future collection and taxonomic identification.

Item Type:Book
Uncontrolled Keywords:Systematic Appraisal; Hard Corals; corals; Acroporidae; Gulf of Mannar; Biosphere Reserve South-East India
Subjects:CMFRI Bulletin
Marine Ecosystems > Coral Reefs > Taxonomy
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Biodiversity
ID Code:3928
Deposited By:Dr. V Mohan
Deposited On:03 Sep 2010 14:23
Last Modified:26 May 2012 10:16

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