Turtle herbivory of seagrass ecosystems in the Lakshadweep atolls: concerns and need for conservation measures

Kaladharan, P and Koya, K P Said and Kunhikoya, V A and Anasu Koya, A (2013) Turtle herbivory of seagrass ecosystems in the Lakshadweep atolls: concerns and need for conservation measures. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India, 55 (1). pp. 25-29.

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    Abstract

    Green turtles and turtle grass are interdependent in the atoll ecosystems of Lakshadweep as green turtles are herbivores and the latter are being consumed by the turtles. Since the herbivore is being protected by legislation, their herbivory on turtle grass is uncontrolled and had resulted in near total wiping of seagrass meadows. This case study was made from Agatti atoll in detail and the status of seagrass meadows in three neighboring atolls. The present communication stresses the need for the earliest restoration and to conserve the seagrass meadows from being destroyed by the increasing population of green turtles which is essential for the very existence of turtles itself in Lakshadweep Sea.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Turtle; turtlegrass; herbivory; Ecosystem based conservation; Agatti atoll; Lakshadweep
    Subjects: Marine Ecosystems > Coral Reefs > Conservation
    Marine Turtle
    Divisions: CMFRI-Kozhikode
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2013 07:21
    Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:56
    URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/9571

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