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International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies

2015, Vol. 2, Issue 5, Part F

Availability of Tachypleus gigas (Müller) along the river estuaries of Balasore district, Odisha, India


Author(s): Siddhartha Pati, Gobinda Ch. Biswal, Bisnu P. Dash

Abstract: Populations of horseshoe crabs (Tachypleus gigas) along the northeast coast of India are under threat due to destruction of the breeding beaches. In this present study the availability and habitat of that species was surveyed. As per past report, Horseshoe Crabs were plenty available at Balaramgari beach along the northeast coast of India, and they normally migrate towards the shore in large numbers coinciding with the tidal height and grain size of the sediment and spawn in nests made in sand at Balaramgari beach. At present very less nesting and breeding pairs were observed so far in that said beach. Many 25 m2 of areas of the 3 estuary beaches were surveyed between January to December 2014 along the Balasore coast, Odisha. Large numbers of nests and breeding pairs were encountered in Mahisali river mouth, Khandia river mouth, where as very negligible number of crab was found at the earlier reported beach i.e Balaramgari beach. Efforts should be made to protect their breeding beaches as well as to restore their population by application of advance scientific technique like sea ranching.

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Siddhartha Pati, Gobinda Ch. Biswal, Bisnu P. Dash. Availability of Tachypleus gigas (Müller) along the river estuaries of Balasore district, Odisha, India. International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies. 2015; 2(5): 334-336.
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