Seasonal Studies on Marine algae of the Bhimili Coast, East Coast of India

Seasonal data on environmental and hydrographical parameters of surface waters at three different study sites of Bhimili Coast was studied along with occurrence and distribution of marine macro algae for a period of one year from March 2009 to February 2010. Minimum values of salinity, pH and temperature were recorded during winter months and maximum values were observed in the summer months. Turbidity of surface waters was maximum in monsoon seasons during June to August months due to the runoff of material from Gosthani River. Seasonal growth of marine macro algae at Bhimili Coast was studied by using 0.5x0.5M quadrat. A total of 39 marine algal species were recorded in 75 quadrat samples. Maximum number of species was collected during November to February months and minimum number of species (26) was reported during July to October months.

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Keywords: Marine algae, Hydrographical, Physico-Chemical Characteristic features, distribution, frequency, Bhimili Coast


EISSN: 2229 – 6905

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