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Taxonomic studies on hard corals of the Gulf of Kachchh (India): A review

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Fisheries, Govt. of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India
  • 2Aquatic Gallary, Gujarat Council of Science City, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
  • 3Aquatic Gallary, Gujarat Council of Science City, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
  • 4Aquatic Gallary, Gujarat Council of Science City, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Res. J. Marine Sci., Volume 11, Issue (2), Pages 1-10, December,13 (2023)


The studies of scleractinian taxonomy in India, is more than 160 year old. India was one of the major countries to initiate coral reef symposium where the first international symposium was organised. However, since then, the focus with reference to scleractinian diversity was restricted majorly to Andaman, Gulf of Mannar and Lakshadweep archipelago, very little attention was given to Gulf of Kachchh. Though after several studies and surveys for scleractinian taxonomy, comprehensive regional lists as well as a country checklist is not available. A detailed review is presented here focusing challenges in the scleractinian taxonomy at regional levels as well as at national level in India. Special attention was given to the scleractinian studies of Gulf of Kachchh.


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