A REVIEW ANALYSIS ON ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS INFLUENCING MORPHOLOGY AND BEHAVIOUR OF ESTUARINE MOLLUSCArundhati Ganguly, Banani Mandal, Arunava Mukherjee and Susanta Kumar Chakraborty
The phylum mollusca, the second largest non chordate group of organisms inhabits all types of terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Benthic invertebrates represent an important group in the mangrove food web; influence various functional aspects in the ecosystem like energy flows, nutrient re-mineralization in the sediment etc. In this article, strong relationship between various environmental factors on molluscs in estuarine habitats is discussed. Analysis have been made on the influential environmental variance such as temperature, light, pH, tidal cycle, salinity, soil substratum, humidity and other environmental attributes on the behavioural response and external structure of molluscs.