Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India

Volume 43 Issue 1&2

Seasonal variation of protozoans in Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar along the south east coast of India.

C. Maruthanayagam, C. Senthil Kumar and P. Subramanian

Regular fortnightly zooplankton sample collection was made for two years from November 1993 to October 1995 in the Palk Bay (Station I) and Gulf of Mannar (Station 11 & III) along the south east coast of India. Among the zooplankton sample particularly protozoa diversity were identified. Their primary peak was observed at the middle of summer (Station I) and pre-monsoon (Station I1 and 111) months. The temperature and salinity and monsoonal factors mostly influenced the occurrence of protozoans, the results are interpreted and probable reasons discussed.

Date : 30-12-2001