Soft sediment dwelling macro-invertebrates of Rajapur Bay, central west coast of India

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dc.contributor.author Harkantra, S.N.
dc.contributor.author Parulekar, A.H.
dc.date.accessioned 1994-04-25T10:06:26Z
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-30T01:56:27Z
dc.date.available 1994-04-25T10:06:26Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-30T01:56:27Z
dc.date.issued 1994
dc.identifier.citation Indian Journal of Marine Sciences, vol.23(1); 1994; 31-34
dc.identifier.issn 0379-5136
dc.identifier.uri http://drs.nio.org/drs/handle/2264/7433
dc.description.abstract Thirtyfour species of soft sediment dwelling macro-invertebrates were recorded in Rajapur Bay at the proposed effluent discharge location of nuclear power plant. The fauna mainly composed of polychaetes (42.52%), molluscs (39.03%), crustaceans (7.86%), sipunculids (1.23%), echiurids (7.86%) and cephalochordates (1.5%). Deposit feeder spionidae-Prionospio pinnata and filter feeder bivalve-Pecten sp. formed the dominant and co-dominant species respectively. Dominance diversity curve showed eveness of benthic fauna. This was reflected on the competition equilibrium period of the population. Species similarity cluster of different stations were formed largely due to habitat specific and feeding behaviour of the species. The spatio-temporal variations and community structure fluctuations of macro-invertebrates are mainly due to the effect of southwest monsoon and the impact of localized biotic and abiotic factors. Benthic fauna in this bay is in natural ecological balance and free from an apparent effect of environmental imbalances
dc.language en
dc.publisher CSIR-NISCAIR
dc.relation.ispartof Indian J Mar Sci
dc.relation.isreferencedby SCI
dc.subject Invertebrate Biology
dc.subject Population Studies
dc.subject.other marine invertebrates
dc.subject.other population dynamics
dc.subject.other biomass
dc.subject.other community composition
dc.subject.other sedimentary environments
dc.subject.other ISW, India, West Coast, Rajapur Bay
dc.title Soft sediment dwelling macro-invertebrates of Rajapur Bay, central west coast of India
dc.type Journal Article
dc.affiliation.author CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula, Goa, India


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