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Title: Seasonal influence on settlement, distribution and diversity of fouling organisms at Mumbai harbour
Authors: Swami, B S
Udhayakumar, M
Keywords: Biofouling
seasonal variation
density
species composition
pollution
biodiversity
Issue Date: Mar-2010
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: Biofouling at two sites was examined with regard to species abundance (density) and its composition. Sixty species were recorded during the investigation period (2000 – 2001). These species mainly belong to phylum annelida (11 species), bryozoa (22 species), cirripedes (4 species), mollusca (5 species.), coelenterata (6 species), tunicata (10 species) and porifera (2 species). Thirty five species have been recorded from tidal basin. Which is influenced by organic pollutants released through sewage water. Among sixty recorded species, 16 were new records from the region. There is significant variation in density from month to month at Near-shore waters and at Tidal basin. Species settled in pre-monsoon were significantly higher than species settled in monsoon and post monsoon. Settlement pattern varies with seasons at Near-shore waters and at Tidal basin.
Page(s): 57-67
ISSN: 0975-1033 (Online); 0379-5136 (Print)
Source:IJMS Vol.39(1) [March 2010]

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