Azad Island of MNP

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Azad Island - Bhatiya - Devbhumi Dwarka



No. of Animals recorded/estimated (List):

26 green algae, 16 red and 29 brown algae. The common green algae were Bryopsis indica, Caulerpa racemosa, C. taxiformis, C. crassifolia, Chaetomorpha indiaca, Codium dwarkense, Halimeda macroloba, H, tuna, Ulva lactuca and Enteromorpha intestinalis. The commonly recorded red algae were Actinotrichia fragilis, Dictyota altromaria, Lyengaria stellata, Padina gymnospora and Sargassum polycystum. Among the brown algae, the common species were Acanthaophora delilei, Amphiroa crassa, Champia indica, Gelidiella acerosa, Gracellaria corticata, Halymenia verusota and Hypnea cervicornis were recorded. A total of 29 species of corals were recorded; among them 7 were soft corals. Commonly occuring hard coral species were M. explanata, Goniopora planulata Porites lutea, P. compressa, Favia speciosa, F. favus, Favites flexuosa and Turbinaria crates. The soft corals recorded here were Clavularia sp., Dendronephthya sp., and Subergorgia sp. Among the marine invertebrates, 19 species of sponges, 2 species of hydrozoans, 2 species of bryozoans, 4 species of sea anemones, 3 species of jelly fish, 6 species of zoantharians, 1 species of prawn, 3 species of flatworms, 4 species of tube worms, 3 species of shrimp, 16 species of crabs, 5 species of barnacles, 1 species of lobster, 89 species of gastropods, 42 species of bivalve, 4 species of cephalopods, 2 species of nudibranchs, 4 species of echinoderms and 1 species of urochordata were recorded.

Azad Island