ISSN  2320-964X (Online) 

ISSN 2320-7817  (Print)

Type - Quarterly 


Original Research

   Year 2013 |  Vol. 1 | Issue 4 | Page Nos. 313-316


Distribution and abundance of macrobenthos in Mangroves ecosystem of Kali Estuary, Karwar Karnataka


Vasanth Kumar B1*,  Roopa SV2  and Gangadhar BK1


1 Department of studies in Zoology, Government Arts &Science College, Karwar- 581303, India

2 Department of Studies and Research in Marine Biology, Karnataka University P.G Centre, Kodibag, Karwar-581303, India.

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The present work was mainly focused on this typical biotope for the period of thirteen months from January 2008 to January 2009.  An attempt has been made to describe the faunal composition, distribution and abundance at different study sites of mangrove ecosystem of kali estuary during the study period. In the present study, fourteen taxa have been identified and are grouped  as follows.  Foraminifera, Coelenterata, Polychaeta, Gastropoda, Bivalvia, Harpacticoida, Cumacea, Tanaidacea, Isopoda, Amphipoda, Mysidacea, Shrimps, Decapoda and Pisces. In macrobenthos, the polychaete (13 – 99/m2) and bivlavia (25 – 60 /m2) group contributed much to the total density of macrobenthic community at all study stations.  Seasonally, this faunal community has shown greater density during the post and premonsoon seasons (953.9 & 1137.1/m2) but it was very less during the southwest monsoon season (850.9/m2).


Received : August 30, 2013 

Revised Received: November 02, 2013

Final Accepted: December 15, 2013

Date of Online Before Print: December 30, 2013


Editor : Dr. Arvind Chavhan

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