Abundance of mangrove fungi along the East coast of Tamil Nadu, India

T. Sivakumar*, M. Ravikumar, N. Sivakumar

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Distribution of fungi in Muthupettai mangrove along the East coast in Tamil Nadu was studied in terms of species diversity, seasonal variations, frequency of occurrence in Koraiyar (S1), Korimunai (S2), Manakkattu (S3), Lagoon (S4) and Kadalmunai (S5) of the estuarine system in two different seasons (Summer-Pre monsoon) for a period of 4 months (April, May, July and August,2003). The results showed the high diversity (59 species) in Manakkattu (S3) and low (46 species) in Koraiyar (S1). Among the 118, species of fungi isolated, 117 species were terrestrial and remaining 1 marine forms like, Halosphaeria maritima. Totally, 94 species were isolated from sediment samples followed by water with 83 species. Further in this study, maximum 98 fungal species were enumerated during pre-monsoon than summer with 78 species. Among the fungal members Aspergillus was the common genus represented with 27 species followed by Curvularia (12 species), Alternaria and Penicillium with 8 species respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)589-594
Number of pages6
JournalAsian Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Environmental Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Frequency of occurrence
  • Mangrove fungi
  • Physico-Chemical parameters
  • Seasonal variation
  • Species diversity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Microbiology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • General Environmental Science


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