Marine Biodiversity

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 179–194 | Cite as

Free-living marine nematode diversity from the Indian coasts

  • Moumita Ghosh
  • Sumit MandalEmail author
Original Paper


We present an updated taxonomic list of free-living nematode community from Indian coasts and Andaman & Nicobar Islands based on available published literatures. The Indian coast was divided into six basic habitats. The faunal list presents 288 nematode species, 227 genus, 44 families and 9 orders. The continental shelf had the highest species richness (225), followed by intertidal areas (81). The coastal diversity of nematofaunal community is higher in East than west sector. Halalaimus, Viscosia, Sabatieria, Bathylaimus, and Theristus are present in all regions. The fluctuation in species number throughout the Indian coast is probably due to differences in geomorphology, habitat heterogeneity among coastal regions, and unbalanced research efforts. Present paper may help to give more information on marine nematodes.


Free-living nematodes Indian coasts Andaman & Nicobar Islands Faunal list 



The authors are grateful to The Vice Chancellor, Presidency University for her support and encouragement. This work is supported by grants awarded to M. G. by Presidency University, Kolkata through a University Research Fellowship, and grants awarded to S. M. from MoES (MoES/36/OOIS/Extra/24/2013 and FRPDF grant of Presidency University. The authors thank three anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments. The authors would also like to express their appreciation to the members of the Marine Ecology Laboratory for their ever willing help and cooperation.


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  1. 1.Marine Ecology Laboratory, Department of Life SciencesPresidency UniversityKolkataIndia

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