The present study was focused to investigate the biodiversity of the macro-benthic organisms along the rocky intertidal zones of the Saurashtra Coast. The study was conducted in two different phases from August 2014 to February 2016 and from January 2021 to December 2021. For the first phase, rocky coastlines of Chorwad, Aadri, Navapara and Vadodara Dodiya were selected from South Saurashtra Coast. While second phase study was conducted at Mangrol, Aadri and Veraval coast to assess the diversity of Mollusca. It reports 21 species of benthic macroflora belonging to 14 genera, 10 families, 8 orders, 3 classes and 3 divisions. It also reports 109 species of macrobenthic fauna classified under 81 genera, 58 families, 29 orders, 13 classes and 6 phyla. The highest species were recorded from division Chlorophyta (10) in flora and 68 species from phylum Mollusca in fauna. Overall, the present study revealed that the rocky intertidal zones of the South Saurashtra Coast provide the suitable habitat to the microbenthic diversity. This study emphasizes the further research on the biological and ecological aspects of the macrobenthic organisms of this region. It will also provide the baseline data to the scientists and policymakers for the conservation of rich diversity consisting of rocky intertidal zones of Saurashtra Coast, Gujarat.
Pooja Anilbhai Agravat, Hiren Bhagvanbhai Parmar, Dhaval Mukeshbhai Bhatt, Jatin Vijaybhai Raval, Pradeep Chandravadan Mankodi. Diversity of intertidal Macrobenthic Flora and Fauna along the South Saurashtra Coastal zone, Gujarat, India. International Journal of Entomology Research, Volume 7, Issue 4, 2022, Pages 130-142