Articles written in Journal of Earth System Science
Volume 130 All articles Published: 8 October 2021 Article ID 0208 Research article
The objective of the present study is to assess the status of the octocoral communities, and the extent of bleaching they suffered in 2016
(in line with the third Global Bleaching Event). Bleaching survey was carried out in the permanently fixed study sites in the 21 island of Gulf of Mannar.
A focused study was carried out in Kariyachalli Island to monitor post-bleaching effects on octocorals. The overall octocoral cover in 2015 was 1.59±0.29%,
and octocoral genera such as
$\bullet$ Percentage cover of the octocorals in Gulf of Mannar was assessed with a total of 16 octocoral genera was recorded during the study.
$\bullet$ The octocoral cover decreased from 1.59±0.29% (2015) to 1.16±0.22% (2016) and then again increased to 1.34% (2018); with the extent of bleaching of 1.05±0.65% (2016).
$\bullet$ Unusual tulf algal overgrowth with tissue degradation was witnessed in the octocoral genera
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