Main Article Content
Â Sarcophyton birkelandi Verseveldt, 1978 is reported as a new record to Indian waters from Andaman Islands.Â Colony morphology, sclerite structures and measurements were extracted and examined from the surface and coenenchyme of both capitulum and stalk for confirmation of species.Â Structural differentiation was observed in sclerite shape such as club shaped, needle shaped and spindle shaped with a variety of sizes and orientation pattern.
Authors own the copyright to the articles published in JoTT. This is indicated explicitly in each publication. The authors grant permission to the publisher Wildlife Information Liaison Development (WILD) Society to publish the article in the Journal of Threatened Taxa. The authors recognize WILD as the original publisher, and to sell hard copies of the Journal and article to any buyer. JoTT is registered under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY), which allows authors to retain copyright ownership. Under this license the authors allow anyone to download, cite, use the data, modify, reprint, copy and distribute provided the authors and source of publication are credited through appropriate citations (e.g., Son et al. (2016). Bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera) of the southeastern Truong Son Mountains, Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam. Journal of Threatened Taxa 8(7): 8953–8969. https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.2718.104.22.16853-8969). Users of the data do not require specific permission from the authors or the publisher.
Alderslade, P. & P. Shirwaiker (1991). New species of soft corals (Coelenterata: Octocorallia) from the Laccadive Archipelago. The Beagale Records of Northern territory Museum of Arts and Science 8(1): 189â€“233.
Bayer, F.M. (1961). The shallow water octoctorallia of the West Indian region. Studies of Fauna of Curacao 12: 373.
Dinesen, Z.D. (1983). Patterns in the distribution of soft corals across the central Great Barrier Reef. Coral Reefs 1(4): 229â€“236.
Fabricius, K. & P. Alderslade (2001). Soft Corals and Sea Fans. A Comprehensive Guide to The Tropical Shallow Water Genera of The Central West Pacific, the Indian Ocean and Red Sea. Austrillian Institute of Marine Sciences, and the Museum, Townsville, Queensland, 264pp.
George, R.M., N.K. Sanil & T.S. Naomi (2007). A qualitative appraisal of the soft corals (Octocorallia: Alcyonacea) off Mandapam, South India. Indian Journal of Fisheries 54(1): 99â€“106.
Jayasree, V. & A.H. Parulekar (1997). The ecology and distribution of Alcyonacean at Mandapam (Palk Bay, Gulf of Mannar), South India. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society 94: 521â€“524.
Jayasree, V., K.L. Bhat & A.H. Parulekar (1994). Sarcophyton andamanensis, a new species of soft coral from Andaman Islands. Journal of the Andaman Science Association 10(1&2): 107â€“111.
Jayasree, V., K.L. Bhat & A.H. Parulekar (1996). Occurrence and distribution of soft corals (Octocorallia: Alcyonacea) from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 93: 202â€“208.
Rajendra, S. & C. Raghunathan (2016). New records of two alcyonacean coals to Indian waters from Andaman Islands. Records of Zoological Survey of India 116(3): 307â€“312.
Rajendra, S., C. Raghunathan, T. Mondal & K. Chandra (2017a). Octocorals of India: diversity and distribution, pp. 190â€“211. In: Raghunathan, C., K. Chandra, T., Mondal & S. Dash. (eds). Current Status of Marine Faunal Diversity in India. Published by Records of Zoological Survey of India.
Rajendra, S., Raghunathan, C. & K. Chandra (2017b). New record of Sarcophyton cornispiculatum Verseveldt, 197 (Octocorallia:Alcyonacea: Alcyoniidae) in India, from Andaman Islands. The European Zoological Journal 84(1): 167â€“171.
Rajendra, S., C. Raghunathan & T. Mondal (2017c). New distribution records of three Sarcophyton species (Alcyonacea: Alcyoniidae) in Indian waters from Andaman Islands. Journal of Threatened Taxa 9(7): 10426â€“10432; http://doi.org/10.11609/jott.2422.214.171.12426-10432
Rao, D.V. & K. Devi (2003). Studies on the soft corals (Octocorallia: Alcyonacea) of Andaman Islands, Bay of Bengal. Records of Zoological Survey of India (Occasional Paper No.) 206: 1â€“99.
Ofwegen van, L.P. & J. Vennam (1991). Notes on Octocorallia from Laccadives (SW India). Zoologische Mededelingen 65: 143â€“154.
Sivaleela, G. & Padmanaban (2015). Studies on the Alcyonacean fauna of Gulf of Mannar. Records of Zoological Survey of India 115(1): 21â€“30.
Thomson, J.A. & W.D. Henderson (1906). An Account of the Alcyonarians Collected by the Royal Indian Marine Survey Ship Investigator in the Indian Ocean. The Alcyonarians of Deep Sea. The Indian Museum, Calcutta 132pp.
Thomson, J.A. & J.J. Simpson (1903). An Account of Alcyonarians Collected by the Royal Indian Marine Survey Ship â€˜Investigatorâ€™ in the Indian Ocean - Part I. The Alcyonaceans of the Deep Sea. Trustees of Indian Museum, Culcutta, 132pp.
Thomson, J.A. & J.J. Simpson (1909). An Account of the Alcyonarians Collected by the Royal Indian Museum Survey Ship â€“ Investigator in the Indian Ocean - part II: The Alcyonarians of the Littoral area. Trustees of Indian Museum, Calcutta, I-XVIII, 1â€“39, 9pls.
Tursch, B. & A. Tursch (1982). The soft coral community on a sheltered reef quadrat at Laing Island (Papua New Guinea). Marine Biology 68(3): 321â€“332.
Venkataraman, K., R. Jeyabaskaran, K.P. Raghuram & J.R.B. Alfred (2004). Bibliography and Checklist of Coral and Associated Organisms of India. Zoolological Survey of India, Occasional Paper no. 226, 468pp.
Vennam, J. & L.P. van Ofwegen (1996). Soft corals (Coelenterata: Octocorallia: Alcyonacea) from the Laccadives (SW India), with a re-examination of Sinularia gravis Tixier-Durivault, 1970. Zooogische. Mededelingen Leiden 70(29): 437-452, figs. 1â€“13.
Verseveldt, J. (1978). Alcyonaceans (Coelenterate: Octocorallia) from some Micronesian Islands. Zooogische. Mededelingen Leiden 5: 49â€“55.