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Brachycnemic Zooxanthellate Zoanthids (Cnidaria: Zoantharia) of Saurashtra Coast: A Preliminary Survey

Author Affiliations

  • 1Division of Marine Biology, Dept. of Zoology, Faculty of Science, The M.S. University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat, INDIA
  • 2Division of Marine Biology, Dept. of Zoology, Faculty of Science, The M.S. University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat, INDIA

Res. J. Marine Sci., Volume 1, Issue (1), Pages 10-13, April,11 (2013)

Abstract

A survey for zoanthids was carried out along the Saurashtra coast of Gujarat. However, their identification is not documented critically and only till generic level has been reported. Brachycnemic zoanthids are described by the 5th mesentery being incomplete. Here in this paper we present the species level identification based on authentic identification key7 . We have found variants in Zoanthus sansibaricus. Along with that, documentation of Zoanthus vietnamensis and 2 species of Palythoa i.e. Palythoa tuberculosa and Palythoa mutuki are described.

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