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A qualitative appraisal of the soft corals\ud (Octocorallia: Alcyonacea) off Mandapam,\ud South India

By Rani Mary George, N K Sanil and T S Naomi


The discovery of rare prostaglandins in soft corals has initiated a general interest\ud in this group as an easily available source of several 'wonder drugs'. During the\ud present study four species of soft corals from the family Alcyoniidae are described\ud in the light of scanning electromicrographs of the sclerites to facilitate easy\ud identification. Although 28 species are recorded earlier, three species listed in\ud the present account are new records to the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve

Topics: Coral Reefs
Publisher: CMFRI; Kochi
Year: 2007
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