On the record of two species of the family Pholadidae (Martesia fragilis and Martesia striata) off Dhamara Estuary (Odisha), Bay of Bengal


  • Wetland Research and Training Centre, Barkul, Khordha, Odisha – 752030
  • CSIR-Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology (IMMT), Bhubaneswar – 751013
  • N.B. Mehta Science College, Bordi, Palghar, Maharashtra – 401701




Dhamara Port, Martesia sp., Mangrove Vegetation, Threat, Wood Borer Bivalve.


Present study provides first authentic record on the presence of two wood boring bivalve species belonging to the family Pholadidae, namely Martesia fragilis collected from offshore region of Dhamara estuary and Martesia striata from driftwood obtained from Dhamara estuarine complex. Recurring coastal water current pattern might be the cause of large scale dispersal of such marine wood borers by passive transport mechanism. Since, the study area is located much nearer to the Mangrove forest, Dhamara port and jetty area, the presence of wood boring organism could be a challenge in future for the mechanical durability of the coastal natural resources and artificial structures.


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Debasish Mahapatro, Wetland Research and Training Centre, Barkul, Khordha, Odisha – 752030

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Mahapatro, D., Sharma, S. D., & Kadam, S. S. (2021). On the record of two species of the family Pholadidae (<i>Martesia fragilis</i> and <i>Martesia striata</i>) off Dhamara Estuary (Odisha), Bay of Bengal. Records of the Zoological Survey of India, 120(4), 351–356. https://doi.org/10.26515/rzsi/v120/i4/2020/151327





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