A qualitative appraisal of the soft corals (Octocorallia: Alcyonacea) off Mandapam, South India

George, Rani Mary and Sanil, N K and Naomi, T S (2007) A qualitative appraisal of the soft corals (Octocorallia: Alcyonacea) off Mandapam, South India. Indian Journal of Fisheries, 54 (1). pp. 99-106.

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Abstract

The discovery of rare prostaglandins in soft corals has initiated a general interest in this group as an easily available source of several 'wonder drugs'. During the present study four species of soft corals from the family Alcyoniidae are described in the light of scanning electromicrographs of the sclerites to facilitate easy identification. Although 28 species are recorded earlier, three species listed in the present account are new records to the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:qualitative appraisal; soft corals; Octocorallia; Alcyonacea; Mandapam
Subjects:Marine Ecosystems > Coral Reefs
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Biodiversity
ID Code:5853
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Deposited On:03 Nov 2010 16:59
Last Modified:03 Nov 2010 16:59

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