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Stiliger smaragdinus from India (2016)

Apte D.A, Kamboj R.D & Bhave V. (2016). First record of Stiliger smaragdinus Baba, 1949 (Mollusca: Sacoglossa: Limapontiidae) from India. Journal of Bombay Natural History Society 112 (2): 114-117.

Abstract

The present record adds one more species of Stiliger to Indian waters and extends range of S. smaragdinus to India far westwards from its present distribution.


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Kumbhare, Dhotre, Dhar, Jani, Apte, Shouche (2015)

 

Kumbhare SV, Dhotre DP, Dhar SK, Jani K, Apte DA, Shouche YS, et al. (2015). Insights into Diversity and Imputed Metabolic Potential of Bacterial Communities in the Continental Shelf of Agatti Island. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0129864. doi:10.1371/journal. pone.0129864

Abstract

Marine microbes play a key role and contribute largely to the global biogeochemical cycles. This study aims to explore microbial diversity from one such ecological hotspot, the continental shelf of Agatti Island. Sediment samples from various depths of the continental shelf were analyzed for bacterial diversity using deep sequencing technology along with the culturable approach. Additionally, imputed metagenomic approach was carried out to understand the functional aspects of microbial community especially for microbial genes important in nutrient uptake, survival and biogeochemical cycling in the marine environment.
Using culturable approach, 28 bacterial strains representing 9 genera were isolated from various depths of continental shelf. The microbial community structure throughout the samples was dominated by phylum Proteobacteria and harbored various bacterioplanktons as well. Significant differences were observed in bacterial diversity within a short region of the continental shelf (1–40 meters) i.e. between upper continental shelf samples (UCS) with lesser depths (i.e. 1–20 meters) and lower continental shelf samples (LCS) with greater depths (i.e. 25–40 meters). By using imputed metagenomic approach, this study also discusses several adaptive mechanisms which enable microbes to survive in nutritionally deprived conditions, and also help to understand the influence of nutrition availability on bacterial diversity.

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Prasade, A., B. Patel, R. Salunkhe, V. Bhave & D. Apte (2015)

 

Prasade, A., B. Patel, R. Salunkhe, V. Bhave & D. Apte (2015). A first record of Taringa caudata (Farran, 1905) (Nudibranchia: Discodorididae) from India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 7(10): 7706–7709; http://dx.doi.org/10.11609/JoTT.o4291.7706-9

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The current study reports a first record of the sea slug Taringa caudata from India. Specimens were collected from the intertidal area of Dwarka, Gujarat. The ,morphology and anatomy have been studied for species identification.

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Punyasloke Bhadury and Deepak Apte et al (2015)

Punyasloke Bhadury, Nityananda Mondal, Kapuli Gani Mohamed Thameemul Ansari, Priscilla Philip, Reshma Pitale, Amruta Prasade, Pooja Nagale and Deepak Apte (2015). Checklist of free-living marine nematodes from intertidal sites along the central west coast of India . Check List 11(2): 1605, March 2015 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.15560/11.2.1605, ISSN 1809-127X

Abstract: The present study provides a checklist of free-living marine nematode species from nine intertidal sites located along the central west coast of India covering an area between latitudes 16°33′08.47″ N and 16°38′50.75″ N and longitudes 073°19′30.13″ E and 073°23′34.97″ E. The list includes 33 species of marine nematodes belonging to 20 genera and 13 families. The occurrence of nema­tode species identified appears to be correlated to char­acter of the sediments across sampled intertidal sites. Ten families were encountered in sandy sites while in muddy sites the number was ten. Three families, namely Camacolaimidae, Ironidae, and Microlaimidae, were exclusive to the sandy sites, while Anoplostomatidae, Comesomatidae, and Linhomoeidae were only found across muddy sites. Some of the dominant free-living marine nematode groups encountered across all sites was represented by the genera Ptycholaimellus, Viscosia, Oncholaimus, Halalaimus, and species such as Sphaerolai­mus balticus and Metachromadora suecica.

Deepak Apte and Reshma Pitale (2015)

Deepak Apte and Reshma Pitale (2015). Gaps in Conservation and Management of Coastal and Marine Biodiversity of India. ENVIS Bulletin, Wildlife and Protected Areas, Wildlife Institute of India, pp 216-228.

 

Abstract: Marine biodiversity conservation in India is in its infancy. Many factors can be attributed to this major cause; a lack of attention at the national policy level (including the lack of marine conservation policy), lack of an enforcement mechanism, lack of financial and human resources, self-defeating mandates of various departments, and large scale development interests of power and port infrastructure. Ever expandng economic aspirations leading to large scale coastal infrastructure development are bound to have their own ecological footprint, resulting in severe consequences both for coastal and marine biodiversity and for coastal communities. This paper draws attention to some key gap areas in the field of marine biodiversity conservation in India.

 

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