A Study on the Gorgonid bed off Chennai and its qualitative appraisal

Rajalakshmi, S and George, Rani Mary (2004) A Study on the Gorgonid bed off Chennai and its qualitative appraisal. In: Proceedings of the National Seminar on New Frontiers in Marine Bioscience Research, January 22-23; 2004, Chennai.



Gorgonian corals or horny corals are corrunon tropical and subtropical octocorallian cnidarians having biomedical importance. This group includes the sea fans, sea feathers and sea whips. The discovery of prostaglandins and other natural products from gorgonids triggered off a worldwide hunt for this chemically rich animals. The present paper describes the status of taxonomy of seven species collected from the Kovalam shore, Chennai. They are referable to three families and five genera. Species such as Echinomuricea indica Thomson and Simpson, Gorgonella umbraculum (Ellis and Solander) and Pseudothesea pallida (Nutting) forms the mainstay of Kovalam waters, off Chennai.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Gorgonid bed; Chennai; qualitative appraisal
Subjects:Marine Ecosystems
Marine Ecosystems > Coral Reefs
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Fishery Environment
ID Code:7721
Deposited By:Arun Surendran
Deposited On:23 Feb 2011 12:01
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