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-Cochin > Fishery Environment
ID Code:7666
Deposited By:Geetha P Mrs
Deposited On:22 Feb 2011 09:59
Last Modified:22 Feb 2011 09:59

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