Observations on the lizard fish fishery and some aspects of biology of Saurida tumbil (Bloch) off Mumbai

Raje, S G and Deshmukh, V D and Das, Thakur (2004) Observations on the lizard fish fishery and some aspects of biology of Saurida tumbil (Bloch) off Mumbai. Indian Journal of Fisheries, 51 (2). pp. 199-207.

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Abstract

The average annual landing of lizard fishes by the commercial trawlers at New Ferry Wharf during 1991 to 1995 was 1,591 tonnes (54.19 kg/unit) contributing to 2.28% of total marine fish landing at Mumbai. The landing was maximum in March-May and September-October periods with Saurida tumbil as the dominant species, which occurred in all the months. In S. tumbil empty stomachs occurred in high percentage (56.91 %). This fish is a piscivore, feeding mainly on teleosts (IP 52.54), followed by molluscs (IP 39.64) and crustaceans (IP 1.05). The male to female ratio was 1:1.02. The size at first maturity was 288 mm and it spawns from August to December with peak during October-November. Fecundity ranged between 33,305 and 79,202 in the length range of 276 mm to 334 mm. The relationship between length and weight is significantly different in the sexes.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:lizard fish; saurida tumbil
Subjects:Demersal Fishes > Lizard Fishes
Divisions:CMFRI-Mumbai
ID Code:154
Deposited By:Edwin Joseph
Deposited On:15 Mar 2010 17:41
Last Modified:15 Mar 2010 17:58

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