New paper on the taxonomy of Malaysian mahseers (Tor spp) in ‘Reviews in Fisheries Science and Aquaculture’

  The establishment of appropriate taxonomic designations is essential for the effective management of fishery resources. Despite over a century of explorations and research, the cyprinid genus Tor represents a group of large-bodied freshwater fishes whose taxonomy and systematics remains poorly known. Tor mahseers represent a suitable model for the application of an integrated approach.. read more →

Invited Lectures at the Central Institute of Fisheries Education

Dr. Rajeev Raghavan was invited to deliver lectures on the ‘importance and challenges for fish taxonomy’ as well as the ‘application of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species’ to the graduate and doctoral students of the Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai, India. read more →

Rajeev Raghavan is the new ‘India Lead (Science & Knowledge)’ of the Mahseer Trust

Dr. Rajeev Raghavan has been appointed as the new ‘India Lead – Science and Knowledge’ at the Mahseer Trust – an international conservation organization based in the UK. In this voluntary position, Rajeev will work with the core team of the Mahseer Trust to improve the current knowledge on the taxonomy, distribution and conservation of.. read more →

Workshop on Freshwater Fish Conservation – Concepts, Techniques and Strategies

Together with collaborators, VV Binoy (National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore), Neelesh Dahanukar (IISER, Pune) and Unmesh Katwate (BNHS, Mumbai), Rajeev Raghavan led a one day workshop on ‘Freshwater Fish Conservation – Concepts, Techniques and Strategies’ at the Students Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS) 2017. read more →

International Seminar on Advances in Crustacean Research

Dr. Rajeev Raghavan delivered a talk on ‘Red Listing of Indian Freshwater Decapod Crustacea’ at the International Seminar on Advances in Crustacean Research held at the Department of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, India. read more →

New paper in ‘Biological Conservation’ on Essential Biodiversity Variables for measuring change in global freshwater biodiversity

A critical requirement in assessing progress towards global biodiversity targets is improving our capacity to measure changes in biodiversity. Global biodiversity declined between 2000 and 2010, and there are indications that the decline was greater in freshwater than in terrestrial or marine systems. However, the data, tools and methods available during that decade were inadequate to reliably quantify.. read more →

Publication in ‘Fisheries Research’ on involving stakeholders for developing research and conservation priorities for mahseer fishes of India

The mahseer (Tor spp.) of India are a group of potamodromous cyprinids currently facing numerous challenges in their native ranges including overfishing, pollution, and hydropower development. As a result of such challenges, four of the seven Indian species of Tor have been listed as ‘Endangered’ on the IUCN Red List, including two of the most.. read more →

New Stone Loach from Western Ghats

Balitora chipkali, a new species of stone loach, is described from the westward-flowing Astoli tributary of the Kali River system in the northern part of the Western Ghats, India. The species differs from its congeners in a combination of characters that includes: a single pair of maxillary barbels; a large eye, of diameter greater than.. read more →

New paper on the effectiveness of protected areas for freshwater dependent fauna in Western Ghats

More than half of Kerala’s endemic and threatened freshwater biodiversity occurs outside protected areas More than half of Kerala’s endemic freshwater-dependent fauna (fish, shrimp, crab, amphibians and odonates) occur outside the current Protected Area network, revealed a study published last week in the international journal – Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. The paper, a.. read more →