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International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies

2020, Vol. 8, Issue 1, Part A

Photographic evidence on association of sponge dwelling brittle star Ophiactis savignyi with Chocolate sponge Spheciospongia sp. in Gulf of Mannar


Author(s): Koushik Sadhukhan, CH Ramesh, T Shanmugaraj and MV Ramana Murthy

Abstract: During an intensive coral reef monitoring survey at Hare Island and Manoli Island under Mandapam group of Islands, and Valimunai Island of Keezhakarai group, in the month of February 2019, the common brittle star Ophiactis savignyi was found inside the tissue of chocolate sponge Spheciospongia sp. Adult, young and juveniles of O. savignyi were encountered during the survey. Disc diameter of the specimens ranged between 0.8mm to 9.3mm. A total of 34 specimens of O. savignyi were observed inside the 5 sponges. Photographic evidence of this mutualistic associations have been highlighted in the present study with short taxonomic note on Ophiactis savignyi.

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How to cite this article:
Koushik Sadhukhan, CH Ramesh, T Shanmugaraj, MV Ramana Murthy. Photographic evidence on association of sponge dwelling brittle star Ophiactis savignyi with Chocolate sponge Spheciospongia sp. in Gulf of Mannar. Int J Fish Aquat Stud 2020;8(1):37-40.
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