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International Journal of Fauna and Biological Studies

International Journal of Fauna and Biological Studies

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  |  598 Views  32 Downloads

How to cite this article:
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). Int. J. Fauna Biol. Stud. 2018;5(2):86-88.
International Journal of Fauna and Biological Studies