The gut microflora of edible clam Meretrix casta (Chemnitz) from the Vellar Estuary, southwest coast of India

B. Aiyamperumal, A. Velammal, K. Balasubrahmanyan


The status of bacterial flora in the digestive tract particularly in the foregut, midgut and hindgut regions of an edible backwaters hardclam Meretrix casta and the environment (water and sediment) was studied. Sediment and hindgut was found to harbour maximum populations. The predominant genera in the gut regions were Vibrio spp., Pseudomonas spp. and Flavobacterium/Cytophaga sp. The role of bacteria in digestion of food materials is also discussed


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