PMBC Research Bulletin No. 77 covers aspects on biodiversity, ecology, coastal management, and oceanography. Papers dealing with biodiversity include some results from the Biodiversity of the Andaman Sea (BIOSHELF) project: one paper with a description of a new species of the deep-water fish genus Cociella. Four papers cover deep-sea fish orders. The first of them includes Albuliformes, Ateleopodiformes, and Lampriformes. The second includes Argentiniformes. The third includes Perciformes. The fourth includes Pleuronectiformes, and Tetraodontiformes. Another biodiversity paper, based on a thorough morphological and molecular investigation, adds a species of peanut worms (Sipuncula) to the fauna of Thailand. The sixth biodiversity paper, also based on morphology and molecular biology, is a review of the jellyfish genus Phyllorhiza from the Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand. The ecology paper covers an investigation of the phytoplankton flora from the Phra Thong Island, the Andaman Sea. Sixty-five species of planktonic algae were found. Their occurrence was linked to hydrography and environmental factors by the use of multivariate methods. One paper is within the field of Coastal Zone Management. It shows how the tourist industry has the potential to promote coral reef conservation activities. The oceanography paper summarizes the characteristics of the water masses in the South Andaman Shelf Sea during different monsoon seasons and how they are also influenced by freshwater runoff.
Phuket Marine Biological Center