Fish Fauna of the Chaliyar River, North Kerala

Lal Mohan, R S and Rema Devi, K (2000) Fish Fauna of the Chaliyar River, North Kerala. In: Endemic Fish Diversity of Western Ghats. National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources, Lucknow, pp. 155-156.


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The Chaliyar river is one of the west flowing rivers of Western Ghats. It has many tributaries such as Karimpuzha. Punnappuzha, Kuruvanpuzha, Tiruanchipuzha, Cherupuzha. etc. with a catchment area of 1535 sq. km. The total discharge of the river is 7775 Mm3, The river which was in a pristine condition before 4 to 5 decades has become highly degraded in the lower stretches by the effluents of Gwalior Rayons and in the upper stretches by various anthropogenic factors like deforestation, high siltation, dynamite fishing and use of copper sulphate for fishing. During the summer months, the water in the river is very low due to high run off during the wet months.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fish Fauna; Chaliyar River; North Kerala
Subjects: Aquaculture > Tropical fish
Divisions: CMFRI-Cochin > Biodiversity
Depositing User: Arun Surendran
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2011 12:07
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2015 15:46

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