Check List 13(6): 945-950, doi: 10.15560/13.6.945
First record of Zoanthus gigantus Reimer & Tsukahara, 2006 (Anthozoa, Hexacorallia) from Indian waters, South Asia
expand article infoSonia Kumari§, Pariyappanal Ulahannan Zacharia, Kannanchery Ramanathan Sreenath, Vasant Kripa, Grinson George
‡ Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi, India§ Mangalore University, Mangalagangotri, India
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Zoanthus gigantus, family Zoanthidae, is reported for the first time from south Asia. The earlier distribution of the species has been known only from Japan, China, and Taiwan waters. Colonies of Z. gigantus were noticed along Saurashtra coast, Gujarat, during a field survey, in frame of monitoring Zoantharian diversity along Indian coast. Species was identified using morphological and histological examination. The occurrence of Z. gigantus from this additional biogeographic region highlights the distribution range extension of the species.
Cnidaria; Zoantharia; new record; Saurashtra coast; Gujarat; climate change