Forestry Division Launches Freshwater Fish Study – The New Indian Express

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COIMBATORE: Gudalur Forestry Division decided to hire scientists from Kerala and Tamil Nadu to study freshwater fish species in streams and lakes in Gudalur. According to forest sources, of the 43 species, including Nelissochilus wynaadensis (critically endangered) and Anguilla bengalensis (endangered) identified in Gudalur during a study conducted a few months ago, officials brought 19 species at Aaral, a gene pool aquarium. eco-park in Nadukani near Gudalur. The officials are introducing the others.

Anamalai Tiger Reserve (ATR) biologist Dr K Mahesh Kumar said: “Of the 43 species of freshwater fish, several are endemic to the Western Ghats and a few are found in particular in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve (NBS). As the populations of wild tigers and elephants are indicators of terrestrial ecology, the number of freshwater species is indicative of the health of aquatic ecology.

“We decided to approach scientists from Kerala to engage them to study fish species in Gudalur Forest Division, as there is a good chance that rarer and endangered fish species could be found in the area. Pandiar and Punnampuzha, as well as in streams like Mundakunnu, Choladi, Kottamalai, Kariyansolai and Marappalam, ”the official said. “We have made the public aware of the need to stop fishing in streams and lakes,” he said.

“Unlike ornamental fish, fish farming (fish farming) is difficult with native fish. If we touch a native fish, it easily senses that it is going to face danger. We have started fish farming in two huts in Aaral over the past two weeks.

“We are simulating a natural habitat for the fish inside Aaral and the nurses of specially collected worms. Likewise, we will also study the link between plant matter and fish. Almond leaves have been found to act as antibacterial and antifungal medicine for fish; we are spotting more fish in streams near trees, ”Prasad said, adding that some fish even eat fruit left by macaques.

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