Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India

Volume 30 Issue 1&2

Scleractinian corals from the Gulf of Kutch.

C. S. Gopinatha Pillai and M. I. Patel

The Scleractinian corals of the Gulf of Kutch from the north-west coast of India is taxonomically analysed. The coral fauna include 37 species among 24 genera. Out of these, 20 genera with 33 species are hermatypes and the rest 4 genera and 4 species is ahermatypes. Early mention in literature on the occurrence of genera such as Pavona, Podabacia, Leptoria and Lobophyllia from the Gulf of Kutch is not taken into account, since these records are based on unconfirmed determinations. All genera and species considered are widespread in the Indo-Pacific coral provinces and no new species is described herein.

Date : 31-12-1988