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Fish fauna of the Seeta river in Udupi district, Karnataka, Western Ghats, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Applied Zoology, Mangalore University, Mangalagangothri, Mangalore, 574 199, Karnataka, India
  • 2Department of Applied Zoology, Mangalore University, Mangalagangothri, Mangalore, 574 199, Karnataka, India
  • 3Department of Biosciences, Mangalore University, Mangalagangothri, Mangalore, 574 199, Karnataka, India and Conservation of Coastal and Marine Resources Division, National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management, Chennai 600 025, TN, India

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 5, Issue (9), Pages 67-71, September,22 (2016)

Abstract

An attempt has been made to understand the diversity of freshwater fishes in the Seeta river of Udupi district (Karnataka). A total number of 20 species belonging to 11 different families (Cyprinidae, Bagridae, Siluridae, Claridae, Belonidae, Ambassidae, Lobotidae, Haemulidae, Cichlidae, Channidae and Mastacembelidae) was identified from five different stations of this river over a period of August 2007-February 2008. However, for species, which are rare in the catch, the descriptions were based on fewer specimens. In the present study, the largest fish was Clarias dossumieri (37 cm) and the smallest fish was Etroplus suratensis (8.6 cm). The habitats of fishes are changed drastically due to they are under serious threat. The study provides an overall view of all such information to understand the availability of the fishes in the Seeta river.

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