WEED PLANT (PROSOPIS JULIFLOLRA) THREATS TO THE BIODIVERSITY OF PIROTAN ISLAND - GULF OF KACHCHH MARINE NATIONAL PARK, INDIA
|K. Ramkumaran1*, R. Chandran1, J.S. Yogesh Kumar1, G. Arun1, B. Imtiyaz1, J. Ruban Prabakaran1, Ch.Satyanarayana2 K. Venkatraman3 and R.D. Kamboj4
|Corresponding Author: K. Ramkumaran, Zoological Survey of India, Coral Transplantation and Restoration Project- Gulf of Kachchh, CCF Office Complex, Vansankul, Jamnagar â 361 001, India,E-mail: [email protected]|
|Received: 10 June 2014 Accepted: 30 June 2014|
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The Gulf of Kachchh, India’s first Marine National Park preserves a diverse marine flora and fauna. During a survey, a forest weed plant, Prosopic juliflora found invaded among the natural mangrove vegetations of the Pirotan Island. Density of the weed plant quantified is 2.40 plants/Km.2 across the Island. Probable impacts of this weed plant is discussed with the recommendation to remove the plant to conserve the island and its biodiversity.