Trematode infestation in coral colonies at Poshitra Reef, Gulf of Kachchh Marine National Park, Gujarat, India

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D. Adhavan
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3635-958X
R. Chandran
http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6934-9751
S. Tikadar
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8910-3748
K. Sivakumar
http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6938-7480

Abstract

 Some colonies of Porites sp. at Poshitra Reef were spotted with pink swollen nodules. These nodules are termed as a condition called “Porites trematodiasis†which is due to an infection of digenetic trematodes. The temperature fluctuation and anthropogenic pressures are perhaps the reasons.  This situation indicates that if the corals fail to develop disease resistance and thermal tolerance, the reefs along the Indian subcontinent may experience a phase shift in community structure, which could impact fisheries.

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Adhavan, D., Chandran, R., Tikadar, S. and Sivakumar, K. 2017. Trematode infestation in coral colonies at Poshitra Reef, Gulf of Kachchh Marine National Park, Gujarat, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 9, 6 (Jun. 2017), 10345–10346. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.2730.9.6.10345-10346.
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D. Adhavan, Present address: Wildlife institute of India, P.O. box 18, Chandrabani, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248001, India Zoological Survey of India, Office of C.C.F. Forest Campus, “Van Sankul”, Jamnagar, Gujarat 361001, India

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Dept. of Endangered Species (Marine Biology)

R. Chandran, Zoological Survey of India, Office of C.C.F. Forest Campus, “Van Sankul”, Jamnagar, Gujarat 361001, India

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S. Tikadar, Zoological Survey of India, Office of C.C.F. Forest Campus, “Van Sankul”, Jamnagar, Gujarat 361001, India

Chief Conservator of Forests, MNP

K. Sivakumar, Wildlife institute of India, P.O. box 18, Chandrabani, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248001, India

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