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Diversity and Composition of Fishes of Chaskaman Dam, Rajgurunagar, part of Northern Western Ghats, Pune, MS, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Zoology, Nowrosjee Wadia College, Pune- 1, INDIA
  • 2Department of Zoology, Nowrosjee Wadia College, Pune- 1, INDIA
  • 3Zoological Survey of India, Akurdi, Pune, INDIA
  • 4Department of Zoology, Nowrosjee Wadia College, Pune- 1, INDIA

Res. J. Animal, Veterinary and Fishery Sci., Volume 1, Issue (1), Pages 7-10, February,24 (2013)


The Western Ghats streams exhibit high variability in fish assembles. Chaskaman dam is one of the prime dams in Pune district (MS). Its storage capacity of water is 246 Million cubic meters. The depth of water at the wall of the dam is about 150 m. This area receives precipitation from southwest monsoon (June to September). It is one of the prime Dams of Pune district and unexplored.In the present study, an attempt has been made to collect various species, as this Dam has not been paid too much attention in biodiversity and resource assessment studies. As many as 30 species belonging to 4 Orders, 11 Families of 24 Genera were recorded. In the assemblage structure of Chaskaman dam is dominated by cyprinids 19 species, followed by 6 species of perches, 4 species of Siluriformes and 1 species of Synbranchiformes. Oreochromis mossambica (Peters) exotic species were recorded in Chaskaman Dam. Seven endemic species of Western Ghats were found occurring in this dam.


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