Diversity and distribution of cardinal fishes in Indian coastal waters with an occurrence report of spot fin cardinal fish Apogon queketti from Central south west coast of India

Saravanan, Raju and Purushottama, G B and Rohit, Prathibha (2018) Diversity and distribution of cardinal fishes in Indian coastal waters with an occurrence report of spot fin cardinal fish Apogon queketti from Central south west coast of India. In: Perspectives in Biodiversity of India. Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action, Thiruvananthapuram, pp. 172-174. ISBN 978-81-937930-0-8

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    Abstract

    The family Apogonidae is a specious family with 346 species, in which most of them marine and some thrive in brackish water. These are commonly referred to as cardinal fishes, which seldom reaches a maximum size of 20 cm. Sixty four species of this family, have been reported from Indian waters. Apogon quekettiis a valid species and two taxa have been synonymised with this viz.,Apogonichthys queketti (Gilchrist, 1903) and Jaydia queketti (Gilchrist, 1903). The genus Apogon which contains 108 valid species (Fraser & Allen, 2010) are mostly marine, living on sandy and muddy bottom of the continental shelf. Nearly 15 species of Apogonidae have been reported from the Minicoy Atoll ecosystem and 41species from the Gulf of mannar ecosystem. The spot fin cardinal fish Apogon queketti has a widespread distribution throughout the Red Sea, Mozambique, South Africa and Persian Gulf. This paper brings forth the first documented report of this species along central west coast of India.

    Item Type: Book Section
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Cardinal Fish, West coast of India, Kongan Coast, Karnataka
    Subjects: Demersal Fishes
    Divisions: CMFRI-Mandapam
    CMFRI-Mangalore
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2018 06:49
    Last Modified: 11 Oct 2018 06:49
    URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/13045

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