Occurrence of a Scyphozoan jellyfish, Pelagia noctiluca (Forskål, 1775) bloom in the Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park, Southern India
A massive Scyphozoan jellyfish bloom has been encountered in branching coral, Acropora dominated reef area in the southern part of Hare Island of Gulf of Mannar region, Tamil Nadu. The live specimens were identified as Pelagia noctiluca (Forskål, 1775), adding a new occurrence record to the Gulf of Mannar biodiversity. A sudden outburst of P. noctiluca bloom represented thousands of live specimens (> 100/m2 approximately) in the south side of Hare Island.
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