Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India

Volume 31 Issue 1&2

Variation in meroplankton along 78'E meridian.

T. Balachandran and K. J. Peter

Variations along the meridian 78°E between 80N and 250S, based on 43 zooplankton samples were studied. Fish larvae exhibited fluctuations in abundance (26 to 57 specimens/IOSN haul) in the three zones studied (8°N-5°S, 5°S-15°S and 15°S-23°S). Fish eggs showed variations within the zones, having a maximum of 1 to 5 in Zone B. While greater variations of 1 to 4 were shown in Zone B by the bivalve larvae, it was less in other zones. Marked variations among the anthozoan, cephalopod and sipunculoid larvae were not discernible in the different zones owing to their low occurrence.

Date : 31-12-1989