Vol. 5, Issue 1 (2020)
Seaweeds diversity study of selected Beyt dwarka coast in Gujarat, India
Author(s): Haresh Kalasariya, Vasant Patel, Richa Patel, Nikunj Patel, Sunil Rathwa
Abstract: The Coast of Beyt Dwarka, (22°28’N and 69°05’E) located at the mouth of “Gulf of Kachchh” on the part of Saurashtra in Gujarat state. The site has a great diversity of marine algae in the area of the intertidal zone. The present study mainly focused on seaweed occurrence, distribution and diversity along the selected Beyt Dwarka coast. The seaweed diversity study performed in the month of March-2019. Collection of samples was done during low tide conditions. In outcome, a variety of seaweed species were collected along with their holdfast or rhizoid. Of the total collected 39 species of marine algae, green algae revealed maximum number of five species, followed by 26 red algae species and 8 brown algae species. The different classes and phylum found in different proportions and densities. Among all, red algae (Rhodophyta) found in abundance following Brown algae (Phaeophyta) and green algae (Chlorophyta).