Studies on the taxonomy of interstitial Fauna of some prominent beaches of Kerala

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Studies on the taxonomy of interstitial Fauna of some prominent beaches of Kerala

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Title: Studies on the taxonomy of interstitial Fauna of some prominent beaches of Kerala
Author: Priyalakshmi, G; Dr.Ravindranatha Menon, N
Abstract: The oceans in their expanse cover, seven - tenths of the Earth surface. Despite being restricted in size, the littoral zone or the intertidal zone (beach) has the greatest variation in environment factors of any marine area .Stemming from this variation ,a treamendous diversity of life, which may be great as or greater than that found in the more extensive sub tidal habits exist in this realm. the study beaches harbour diverse and abundant assemblage of marine organisms. Besides macro funna, microscopic organisms belonging to the lower and higher invertebrate taxa profusely inhabit these beaches. The ecological realm where these animals exist is known as the interstitial environment, which in principle includes the pore spaces in between the sand grains containing copious supply of nutrient rich oxygenated seawater. An astonishing diversity of taxa could be found within the interstitial fauna.
URI: http://dyuthi.cusat.ac.in/purl/3022
Date: 2008-09


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