Present status of ichthyofaunal diversity of Indian seas

Joshi, K K and Thobias, P A and Varsha, M S (2017) Present status of ichthyofaunal diversity of Indian seas. In: Course Manual Summer School on Advanced Methods for Fish Stock Assessment and Fisheries Management. Lecture Note Series No. 2/2017 . CMFRI; Kochi, Kochi, pp. 1-22.

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    Indian fish taxonomy has a long history, which started with Kautilya’s Arthasastra describing fish as a source for consumption as early as 300 B.C and the epic on the second pillar of Emperor Ashoka describing the prohibition of consumption of fish during a certain lunar period which can be interpreted as a conservation point of view. Modern scientific studies on Indian fishes could be traced to the initial works done by Linnaeus in 1758. M. E. Bloch is one of the pioneers in the field of fish taxonomy along with the naturalists, zoologists and botanists who laid the foundation for fisheries research in India such as Bloch and Schneider (1795-1801) and Lacepède (1798-1803). Russell who worked on 200 fishes off Vizagapatanam during 1803. Hamilton (1822) described 71 estuarine fishes of India in his work An Account of Fishes Found in the River Ganges and Its Branches. The mid 1800s contributed much in the history of Indian fish taxonomy since the time of the expeditions was going through. Cuvier and Valenciennes described 70 nominal species off Puducherry, Skyes, Gunther and The Fishes of India by Francis Day and another book Fauna of British India Series in two volumes describing 1,418 species are the two most indispensable works on Indian fish taxonomy to date.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Uncontrolled Keywords: ichthyofaunal diversity; Indian seas
    Subjects: Fish and Fisheries > Fish Taxonomy
    Divisions: CMFRI-Kochi > Biodiversity
    Subject Area > CMFRI > CMFRI-Kochi > Biodiversity
    CMFRI-Kochi > Biodiversity
    Subject Area > CMFRI-Kochi > Biodiversity
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 06:08
    Last Modified: 20 Sep 2017 06:08

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