Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India

Volume 53 Issue 2
Pathological manifestations of sponge infestation in Perna indica Kuriakose & Nair 1976
*1P. Sunil Kumar and 2P. A. Thomas doi: 10.6024/jmbai.2011.53.2.01619-21
Pathological manifestations of bioeroding sponges on the brown mussel, Perna indica were studied. The major manifestation was blister formation (46.3%). Nacre erosis was observed in 7.6% of the total
infested population. Bifacial porosis was noted in 19.1% of infested shells; discolouration of shell was observed in 19.8 % and melanosis in 13.1 % of the infested population.
Blister formation, brown mussel, melanosis, nacre erosis, sponge infestation
Date : 09-02-2012