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Diversity of Scleractinian Corals in Great Nicobar Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India

Diversity of Scleractinian Corals in Great Nicobar Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India Great Nicobar Island is the southernmost island of Andaman and Nicobar group of islands and largest island of Nicobar group included in UNESCO-MAB-Network of biosphere reserve. The island is inhabited by a total of 173 species of scleractinian corals from 6 different study areas among the 577 species reported from entire Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The Shannon–Weiner diversity index ranged from 2.84 to 4.45 while the Simpson’s density index ranges from 0.93 to 0.99. Among the study areas, it was seen that the Laxman Beach is most diverse in comparison with the other 5 areas. Presence of 29.98 % scleractinian coral species in Great Nicobar Island denotes the sense of ecological attributes behind the sustainable support towards the coral settlement, growth and development. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Proceedings of the Zoological Society Springer Journals

Diversity of Scleractinian Corals in Great Nicobar Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2015 by Zoological Society, Kolkata, India
Subject
Life Sciences; Life Sciences, general; Zoology; Animal Anatomy / Morphology / Histology; Animal Genetics and Genomics; Biodiversity; Conservation Biology/Ecology
ISSN
0373-5893
eISSN
0974-6919
DOI
10.1007/s12595-015-0145-8
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Abstract

Great Nicobar Island is the southernmost island of Andaman and Nicobar group of islands and largest island of Nicobar group included in UNESCO-MAB-Network of biosphere reserve. The island is inhabited by a total of 173 species of scleractinian corals from 6 different study areas among the 577 species reported from entire Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The Shannon–Weiner diversity index ranged from 2.84 to 4.45 while the Simpson’s density index ranges from 0.93 to 0.99. Among the study areas, it was seen that the Laxman Beach is most diverse in comparison with the other 5 areas. Presence of 29.98 % scleractinian coral species in Great Nicobar Island denotes the sense of ecological attributes behind the sustainable support towards the coral settlement, growth and development.

Journal

Proceedings of the Zoological SocietySpringer Journals

Published: May 1, 2015

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