Volume No. :   6

Issue No. :  4

Year :  2014

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First Record of five Scleractinians Corals to Indian water from Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Address:   Tamal Mondal1*, C. Raghunathan1 and K. Venkataraman2
1Zoological Survey of India, Andaman & Nicobar Regional Centre, National Coral Reef Research Institute, Haddo, Port Blair-744 102, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, India
2Zoological Survey of India, Prani Vigyan Bhavan, M- Block, New Alipore, Kolkata-700 053, India.
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The pristine islands of Andaman & Nicobar groups are well known for its biological features in terms of faunal and floral diversity coupled with several ecosystems which made these areas a natural heritage for the world community. The extensive favorable habitat with a continental shelf helped the coral community to develop for the construction of reef. Five species of scleractinians such as Pavona frondifera (Lamarck, 1816) belongs to Agariciidae family, Platygyra yaeyamaensis Eguchi and Shirai, 1977 and Montastrea magnistellata Chevalier, 1971 belong to Faviidae family whereas Goniopora palmensis Veron & Pichon, 1982 and Goniopora tenella (Quelch, 1886) under Poritidae family were recorded for the first time in Indian water from Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The present paper dealt with the findings of newly recorded five species of scleractinian corals along their morphological features and the existing distributional ranges with the present one.
Scleractinian corals, Species, New record, Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
Tamal Mondal, C. Raghunathan, K. Venkataraman. First Record of five Scleractinians Corals to Indian water from Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Research J. Science and Tech. 2012; 4(6): 278-284.
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