STUDY OF MACROFAUNA AT HAMISAR LAKE, BHUJ-KACHCHH, GUJARAT

  • NAVINKUMAR K. GUPTE NAVINKUMAR K. GUPTE B. K. M. SCIENCE COLLEGE, VALSAD, GUJARAT. Corresponding author’s e-mail: drngupte@gmail.com
Keywords: Phyla, Benthos, Hamirsar, Macro fauna.

Abstract

A  majority  of  recognized  animal  phyla  have  benthic  macro  faunal
representatives  living  in  marine,  estuarine  or  freshwater
environments.   Annelid  worms,  bivalves,  gastropods,  crustaceans,  tunicates,
and  insect  larvae  are  the  most  commonly  encountered  macro  fauna  in
estuarine  and  coastal  areas.  They  are  usually  collected  using  0.5  or  1  mm
mesh screens. Crustaceans constitute a vital component of the food-chains, in
an  aquatic  ecosystem.  Phylum  Mollusca  is  used  by  the  birds  like  painted
storks for feeding. Hence it supports a large avifaunal diversity in the lake.

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