HABITAT USE AND SPECIES RICHNESS OF MARINE MOLLUSCS ALONG THE TUTICORIN COAST, GULF OF MANNAR, INDIA

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Published: 2022-12-31

DOI: 10.56557/upjoz/2022/v43i243376

Page: 632-640


. RADHAMAHENDRAN

Department of Bioinformatics, School of Life Sciences, Vels Institute of Science Technology and Advanced Studies (VISTAS), Chennai-600117, Tamil Nadu, India.

J. NELSON SAMUEL JEBASTIN

Department of Zoology, Annamalai University, Annamalainagar-608002, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India.

DM. CHETAN

Department of Biotechnology, NMAM Institute of Technology, Affiliated to NITTE (Deemed to be University), Nitte- 574110, Karnataka, India.

G. CHELLADURAI *

Department of Zoology, G. Venkataswamy Naidu College, Kovilpatti-628502, Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, India.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

Molluscs are considered the largest marine phylum, comprising about 23% of all marine organisms. Numerous molluscs also live in freshwater and terrestrial habitats. Gastropods and bivalves were collected from different stations in the coastal area of the Gulf of Mannar on the Tuticorin Coast, Tamil Nadu, India. In the present investigation, 30 species of gastropod fauna and 13 species of bivalve fauna were recorded from January 2021 to June 2021. During the study period, the bivalves Babylonia spirata and Pinctada fucata were abundant among the gastropods. The maximum density of gastropod and bivalve fauna was recorded at Therespuram. This research is an attempt to gain a better understanding of the possibility of ecological value and ecosystem conservation of molluscan fauna. 

Keywords: Gastropods, bivalves, diversity, tuticorin coast, gulf of mannar


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RADHAMAHENDRAN, ., JEBASTIN, J. N. S., CHETAN, D., & CHELLADURAI, G. (2022). HABITAT USE AND SPECIES RICHNESS OF MARINE MOLLUSCS ALONG THE TUTICORIN COAST, GULF OF MANNAR, INDIA. UTTAR PRADESH JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, 43(24), 632–640. https://doi.org/10.56557/upjoz/2022/v43i243376

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