2018, Vol. 5 Issue 2, Part B
Loosing sea fan (Echinogorgia reticulata Esper, 1791) and the associated winged oyster (Pteria tortirostris Dunker, 1849)
Author(s): Samuel VD, Raveen R, Samuel T and Dhinamala K
Abstract: Animal associations occupy a vital position in the terrestrial and aquatic environs and the marine ecosystem being diverse with many examples. A rare association is that of the sea fan Echinogorgia reticulata with the pterid winged oyster Pteria tortirostris. This unusual association was seen as a common behaviour on analysis of many samples. Rapid decline of sea fan populations due to trawling and other anthropogenic hazards has led to a dwindling population of this winged oyster. If the current situation leads to an accelerating decline of sea fans, the oysters have to adapt themselves to alternate hosts, probably leave a live host and look for a non-living substrate. This paper portrays the level of association of the winged oyster with its gorgonian hosts, alternate substrata chosen and destruction of sea fan beds.
Pages: 86-88 | 369 Views 10 Downloads
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Samuel VD, Raveen R, Samuel T and Dhinamala K. Loosing sea fan (Echinogorgia reticulata Esper, 1791) and the associated winged oyster (Pteria tortirostris Dunker, 1849). International Journal of Fauna and Biological Studies. 2018; 5(2): 86-88.