Breeding, larval rearing and seed production of maroon clown Premnas biaculeatus under captive conditions

Madhu, K and Madhu, Rema and Gopakumar, G and Sasidharan, C S (2006) Breeding, larval rearing and seed production of maroon clown Premnas biaculeatus under captive conditions. Marine Fisheries Information Service, Technical and Extension Series, 190 . pp. 1-5.

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The maroon clown Premnas biaculeatus is the sole member in the genus Premnas. P. biaculeatus is commonly known as 'Spine-Cheek Anemone fish' because of the presence of a pair of long spines on its pre-operculum. In India, this species is abundant in the coral reef ecosystem of Andaman and Nicobar Islands situated in Bay of Bengal. Their most striking bright red to maroon colouration on entire body and fin, demarcated abruptly with white to golden yellow narrow bands make them as one of the most attractive species among the marine ornamental clown fishes. Most of the salt water ornamental fishes are collected from the wild and hence there is a serious concern in respect of their conservation. Recent studies also showed that wild collected specimens have a dismal survival history in captivity, whereas captivebred clownfish are generally hardier, more disease free, easily adjust to life in aquaria and retain normal colouration. Due to the very high demand of the species in the aquarium fish trade, development of an appropriate technology for its captive production is felt as an alternative means of providing fish for the trade rather than wild collection which may cause depletion of the stocks. In this juncture, a viable technique has been developed in the marine hatchery of CMFRI, Kochi for the captive breeding and juvenile production of P. biaculeatus for the first time in India.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Breeding; Larval rearing; Seed production; Premnas biaculeatus; Captive conditions
Subjects:Aquaculture > Ornamental Fishes
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Mariculture
ID Code:3608
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Deposited On:08 Sep 2010 16:57
Last Modified:25 May 2012 16:07

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