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Study of Abundance and Distribution of Sub tidal Macrobenthic Diversity in near shore waters off Gulf of Kutch, Gujarat, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Studies and Research in Marine Biology, Karnataka University, P.G. Centre, Karwar, Kodibag, Karwar 581 303, Karnataka, INDIA
  • 2Department of Studies and Research in Marine Biology, Karnataka University, P.G. Centre, Karwar, Kodibag, Karwar 581 303, Karnataka, INDIA

Res. J. Marine Sci., Volume 1, Issue (5), Pages 1-5, September,5 (2013)

Abstract

The present study was undertaken to know the distribution of subtidal macrobenthos of Gulf of Kutch during September 2011-Aughust 2012. In total 34 taxa were recorded in this seasonal study in the benthic (subtidal) faunal assemblage. Faunal community was mainly represented by five groups namely, polychaetes, crustaceans, gastropods, bivalves and nematodes. Benthic faunal assemblages showed almost similar pattern of distribution with Gastropods, Crustacean and Polychaetes whereas Bivalves and Nematodes showed very rare occurrence. In overall observation in four stations, Polychaetes dominated in abundance with 32.29% followed by Gastropods (27.75%) and Polychaetes (32.29%). Numerical abundance of Bivalves and Nematodes was less with 7.89% and 1.60% in the study area. The study which is included here can be used to measure the impact of marine environment.

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