Distribution and diversity of intertidal marine faunal species along with Maharashtra and Goa coast, India


  • Marine Aquarium and Regional Centre, Zoological Survey of India, Digha – 721428, West Bengal
  • Marine Biological Regional Centre, Zoological Survey of India, 130, Santhome High Road, Chennai – 600028, Tamil Nadu




Coastal Environment, Diversity, Goa, Macrofaunal Assemblage, Maharashtra


The distribution and diversity of intertidal marine faunal specimens were collected from sandy, muddy, mangrove and rocky habitats along the Maharashtra and Goa coasts, India, from June 2016 and December 2018. A total of 63 species belonging to 58 genera, 39 families, 25 orders, and 6 phyla were identified. A maximum of 39 species under the phylum Mollusca, followed by 15 species of arthropods whereas the minimum of only one species was recorded under the phyla Echinodermata and Brachiopoda. Statistical tool PAST (Ver. 1.42) was employed to calculate species diversity (H’), richness (D’) and evenness (J’). The diversity of macrofaunal groups is highly disturbed due to anthropogenic activities, but they still support rich intertidal biodiversity, which needs immediate attention for protection and conservation.


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Balakrishnan, S., & Sivaleela, G. (2022). Distribution and diversity of intertidal marine faunal species along with Maharashtra and Goa coast, India. Records of the Zoological Survey of India, 122(2), 225–235. https://doi.org/10.26515/rzsi/v122/i2/2022/164782





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