Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India

Volume 55 Issue 1
Turtle herbivory in the seagrass ecosystems in the Lakshadweep atolls: concerns and need for conservation measures
P. Kaladharan, K.P. Saidkoya, V.A. Kunhikoya and A. Anasukoya
doi: 10.6024/jmbai.2013.55.1.01749-04

Green turtles and turtle grass are interdependent in the atoll ecosystems of Lakshadweep as green turtles are herbivores and the latter are being consumed by the turtles. Since the herbivore is being protected by legislation, their herbivory on turtle grass is uncontrolled and had resulted in near total wiping of seagrass meadows. This case study was made from Agatti atoll in detail and the status of seagrass meadows in three neighboring atolls. The present communication stresses the need for the earliest restoration and to conserve the seagrass meadows from being destroyed by the increasing population of green turtles which is essential for the very existence of turtles itself in Lakshadweep Sea.


Turtle, turtlegrass, herbivory, Ecosystem based conservation, Agatti atoll, Lakshadweep. Introduction

Date : 20-05-2013