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A checklist of malacofauna from Pondicherry mangroves

Author(s): Kaila Kesavan | Arjunan Babu | Velayudham Ravi | Santhanam Rajagopal

Journal: Advances in Environmental Sciences
ISSN 2066-7620

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 31;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: Mangrove | Malacofauna | mollusc | gastropods | bivalves | Pondicherry

The Pondicherry mangroves is located (Long: 11o46’03” to 11o53’ 40” N; Lat: 79o49’45” to 79o 48’ 00” E) on the Bay of Bengal (Coramendal Coast) seaboard. A survey has beenmade during January 2009 to know the pattern of molluscan fauna in the mangroves locatedalong the Ariankuppam estuary. During the present survey 14 species of molluscs were recorded.Nine species of gastropods namely Cerithidea obtusa, C. cingulata,Cassidula nucleus, Melampusceylonicus , Pythia plicata, Littoraria scabra, Telescopium telescopium, Assiminea nitida, Neritacrepidularia and five species of bivalves - Crassostrea madrasensis, Saccostrea cucculata, Pernaviridis, Modiolus metcalfei,Meretrix meretrix - were found.

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