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First report of Zoanthus pulchellus from India
Mehra, R.; Yadav, D.S.; Kundu, P.; ul Rehman, W.; Bast, F. (2015). First report of Zoanthus pulchellus from India. J. Mar. Biosc. 1(1): 1-4
In: Journal of Marine Biosciences. Department of Marine Biotechnology, AMET University: Chennai. ISSN 2454-3519, more

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Keywords
    Cnidaria [WoRMS]; Zoanthidae Rafinesque, 1815 [WoRMS]; Zoanthus pulchellus (Duchassaing & Michelotti, 1860) [WoRMS]; Marine
Author keywords
    Zoanthids, Cnidaria, Polyp, Tentacles, Zoanthus pulch

Authors  Top 
  • Mehra, R.
  • Yadav, D.S.
  • Kundu, P.
  • ul Rehman, W.
  • Bast, F.

Abstract
    The marine ecosystem carries immense undescribed organisms having huge potential uses for mankind. The zoanthids, classified under phylum Cnidaria, are mostly found in shallow waters, below the low tide mark. Based on morphological features, we identified a zoanthid during an expedition to Kanyakumari. Thorough examination of the color variations, polyp length, tentacle number, colony appearance and comparison with previously reported species of the genus, suggests that the species is Zoanthus pulchellus. This is the first report of this species from India.

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