Journal of Ocean University of China

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 303–309

Benthic macrofaunal assemblage in the arid zone mangroves of gulf of Kachchh-Gujarat


    • CAS in Marine BiologyAnnamalai University
  • J. Sesh Serebiah
    • Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology
  • G. A. Thivakaran
    • Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology
  • M. Rajkumar
    • CAS in Marine BiologyAnnamalai University

DOI: 10.1007/s11802-007-0303-3

Cite this article as:
Saravanakumar, A., Sesh Serebiah, J., Thivakaran, G.A. et al. J Ocean Univ. China (2007) 6: 303. doi:10.1007/s11802-007-0303-3


The total benthic macrofauna consisting of 62 species in 5 groups, viz. crustaceans (18), gastropods (17), bivalves (16), polychaetes (9) and fishes (2), was recorded in western Kachchh mangroves near Gujarat. The population densities of benthic macrofauna ranged from 424 to 2393 ind.m−2, the diversity ranged from 1.84 to 2.45 bits ind.−1, the richness varied between 0.82 and 0.98, and the evenness varied between 0.64 and 0.81. Two maximum diversity values were recorded during winter and summer. The salinity ranged from 34 to 44, temperature varied between 17 and 37°C, and the acidity ranged from 7 to 8.9.

Key words

mangrovesGulf of Kachchhmacrofauna

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