Catalogue of Fishes from the Laccadive Archipelago in the Reference Collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute.

Jones, S (1969) Catalogue of Fishes from the Laccadive Archipelago in the Reference Collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute. CMFRI Bulletin, 8 . pp. 1-35.

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Abstract

During the early years of this Institute the emphasis was rightly placed on the collection and identification of the more economically important and common species of fishes occurring in the coastal waters of the mainland of India for reference purposes. In recent years, however, the workers here have covered a wider field and have been able to increase appreciably our knowledge of the ichthyofauna of our seas by adding to the collections several new or little known species. At present over 600 species are available in the general collections of this Institute and a catalogue of the same will be published as one of the future Bulletins. The present Bulletin lists 527 species of fishes from the Laccadives alone. Of the areas within the Indian Union, the Laccadive Archipelago had remained little known from the ichthyological point of view till very recently. In the monumental work of Francis Day on the “Fishes of India”, in which nearly 1400 species are dealt with, not a single species is recorded from the Laccadives. What little information we have since then has been based mainly on the pioneering work of Alcock during the cruises of I.N.S. Investigator towards the close of the last century. When the study on the fish and fisheries of the Laccadive Archipelago was initiated by me about 15 years ago hardly about 50 species, mostly bathypelagic, were known from there and no specimen from the area was available in the Institute’s collections. Over 500 species of fishes have been collected since then, making a total of nearly 600 species so far recorded from the Laccadives, and this has in a way helped to make this one of the intensively studied areas in the Indian Ocean. Several of the species listed in this Bulletin are new records.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Laccadive
Subjects:Library & Information Science > Bibliography
CMFRI Bulletin
Marine Fisheries
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Marine Capture
ID Code:569
Deposited By:Edwin Joseph
Deposited On:14 May 2010 15:09
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