Fishes of the Laccadive archipelago

Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1980) Fishes of the Laccadive archipelago. The Nature Conservation and Aquatic Sciences Service.

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Abstract

From the point of view of fish and fisheries, the Laccadive Archipelago has remained a little known area till about a decade and a half ago. In the Fishes of India by Francis Day, brought out between 1875 and 1878 which still remains the most important work of reference on fishes of the Indian region containing descriptions of 1340 species, there is not a single record of any fish collected from the Laccadives. In the Catalogue of the fishes of the British Museum by Giinther, published in 8volumes between 1859 and 1870 also there is no reference to specimens from this area. However, during the cruises of the Royal Indian Marine Survey Ship INVESTIGATOR towards the close of the last century, the fauna of this area began to receive some attention at the hands of Alcock who described the deep sea fishes collected from there. The Cambridge Expedition under the leadership of Stanley Gardiner in the course of the investigations during 1899 and 1900 on the fauna and geography of the Maldive and Laccadive Archipelagoes did not make any exhaustive study of fishes. In the account by Regan (1903) there is reference 40 71 species of fishes from the Maldives, while there are no records from the Laccadives. The Laccadive islands were being administered then by the erstwhile Madras Presidency, and with the establishment of a Fisheries Department in the State, fisheries personnel were also included in (the inspection parties that went periodically from the mainland. Hornell (1910), Ayyangar (1922), Ellis (1924), Burton (1940) and Mathew and Ramachandran (1956) have made some observations on the fish and fisheries of the islands.

Item Type:Book
Uncontrolled Keywords:Fishes; Laccadive archipelago
Subjects:Fish and Fisheries > Fish Taxonomy
Marine Fisheries
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Biodiversity
CMFRI-Madras (Chennai)
ID Code:6182
Deposited By:Arun Surendran
Deposited On:10 Nov 2010 17:30
Last Modified:05 Mar 2011 10:14

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