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Int. Journal of Life Sciences, 2018; 6(3): 799-806.       |                 Available online, September 30, 2018

Species diversity and basic biology of Cuttlefishes from Maharashtra waters, northwest coast of India

 

Sundaram Sujit1 and Mane Sushant 2

 

1 Mumbai Research Centre of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, 2nd Floor, C.I.F.E old campus, Fisheries University road, Seven Bunglows, Versova, Mumbai - 400 061, Maharashtra, India. (Retd.)

2 Department of Zoology, Wilson College, Chowpaty, Mumbai-400 007, Maharashtra, India.

Email- sujitsundaram@hotmail.com

 

Received :11.06.2018     |       Accepted : 18.09.2018         |     Published : 30.09.2018

Cuttlefish diversity was studied from Maharashtra waters during the period January 2000 - December 2017. Eight species were identified and they are Sepia pharaonis Ehrenberg, 1831, Sepia aculeata Orbigny, 1848, Sepia elliptica Hoyle, 1885, Sepiella inermis Orbigny, 1848, Sepia prashadi Winckworth, 1936, Sepia (Doratosepion) kobiensis Hoyle, 1885, Sepia omani Adam and Rees, 1966 and Euprymna berryi Sasaki, 1929. The estimated annual catch of cuttlefishes by trawlers (all species combined) for the period 2000-2017 from New Ferry Wharf landing centre showed a cyclic trend and the landings ranged from 1360.4 t (2002) to a peak of 3,704.1 t (2012) and the corresponding catch rate ranged from 0.985 kg/hr (2002) to 1.599 kg/hr (2012).


Key words: Cuttlefishes, biodiversity, Maharashtra, Northwest coast of India

 

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Editor: Dr.Arvind Chavhan

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Sundaram Sujit and Mane Sushant (2018) Species diversity and basic biology of Cuttlefishes from Maharashtra waters, northwest coast of India, Int. J. of. Life Sciences, Volume 6(3): 799-806. 

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Acknowledgments

We are grateful to the Head, Department of Botany Ranchi University, Ranchi, and Professor Ambarish Mukherjee, Department of Botany, Burdwan University, Burdwan for providing facilities guidance and encouragement to complete the work.

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Conflicts of interest: The authors stated that no conflicts of interest.

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