Gastropods and bivalves associated with reef building corals, Palk Bay, Southeastern India

Asir Ramesh, D and Jeyabaskaran, R and Paul Pandian, A L (1996) Gastropods and bivalves associated with reef building corals, Palk Bay, Southeastern India. Phuket Marine Biological Center Special Publication (16). pp. 257-260.

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    Abstract

    Reef building corals of the families Pocilloporidae, Acroporidae, Poritidae, and Faviidae were collected at low tide. A total of 73 species of molluscs were associated with corals in Pall, Bay, viz., 46 species of gastropods belonging to 17 families, and 27 species of bivalves belonging to 13 families. Molluscs were rarely associated with young corals. The present study shows that the structure and size (weight) of corals influence the molluscan diversity. The number of molluscan individuals increased with increasing coral weight. With a single exception. no molluscs were associated with the massive coral Favia pallida. Very few boring bivalves were recorded from branching corals.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Gastropods; bivalves; reef building corals; Palk Bay; India
    Subjects: Molluscan Fisheries > Bivalves
    Marine Ecosystems > Coral Reefs
    Molluscan Fisheries > Gastropods
    Divisions: CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment
    Subject Area > CMFRI Brochures > CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment
    CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Environment
    Depositing User: Geetha P Mrs
    Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2011 04:29
    Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:45
    URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/7666

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