Decapod crustacean diversity of Ratnagiri coastal waters, Maharashtra, India
Kolhe SS and Mogalekar HS
Study was undertaken to provide systematic list of decapod crustaceans during January 2016 to January 2017 at Mirkarwada fish landing centre along the west coast of India. A total of 24 species of decapod crustacean under three infraorders, seven families and 13 genera were recorded from coastal waters of Ratnagiri in Maharashtra. About 16 species of shrimp belonging to eight genera and three family, seven species of crabs belonging to four genera and three family and one species of lobster were identified from study area. The most diverse family was Penaeidae with 12 species and six genera, followed by Portunidae with five species and two genera, Solenoceridae and Sergestidae with one species and two genera each, Calappidae, Xanthidae and Palinuridae with one species and one genera each. The results of the present study indicated that coastal waters of Ratnagiri in Maharashtra is endowed rich decapod crustacean fauna. The taxonomically verified checklist of the decapod crustaceans recorded along the coastal waters of Ratnagiri in Maharashtra would be a base document for further studies.