BENTHIC MACRO POLYCHAETES OF GOA, THE CENTRAL WEST COAST OF INDIA

S. Lazarus, A. Renu, T. Citarasu, S. Balasubramanian

Abstract


Goa coastal area is a suitable environment for the growth and study of polychaetes with special reference to their systematic, spatial and temporal distribution. Hence, eight stations were sampled at random within the Goa coast for the study of polychaetes taxonomy and a total of 29 species belonging to 28 genera and 18 families were identified. Out of this, 18 species namely, Lumbriconereis heteropoda, Nephtys dibranchis, Fabricia bansei, Neanthes bongcoi,  Neanthes oxypoda, Chitinopomoides wilsoni,  Scalibregma inflatum, Marphysa corallina, Iphionella philippinensis, Scyphoproctus variabilis, Namanereis gesae, Gastrolepidia clavigera, Oenone fulgida, Pileolaria militaris, Scoloplos johnstonei, Dendronereides zululandica, Lysidice ninetta and Perinereis nuntia vallata  are reported in this account for the first time from Goa. Species number was high in this area mainly due to the good environmental conditions prevailing there when compared to other areas in the West Coast of India. The taxonomic investigation of the present data can form a baseline information for future monitoring programmes in this area.

Keywords


Polychaetes, Diversity, Taxonomic Investigation, Goa, Central West Coast.

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