Iconic Humpbacked Mahseer gets a scientific name

First brought to the attention of the scientific community in the year 1849, and the recreational angling (game fishing) community in 1873, it has taken 150+ years to resolve the identity and nomenclature of this giant fish of the Cauvery. With help and support from a number of individuals, institutions and funding sources, the results.. read more →

New fish species from Western Ghats

A unique syntopic species of small barb, Pethia sahit has been described by a team of ichthyologists including PhD student Unmesh Katwate and group leader Rajeev Raghavan in today’s issue of Zootaxa. read more →

New fish species from the Western Ghats

A new species of badid fish, Dario urops has been described from the Western Ghats of Kerala by PhD student VK Anoop and colleagues from the Natural History Museum, London and the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune. read more →

New paper in Aquatic Conservation throws light on the exploitation of threatened freshwater fish for the pet trade

A new paper published in ‘Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems’ throws light for the first time the impacts of freshwater fish collections for the aquarium pet trade. With Dr. Rajeev Raghavan as the lead author and long time lab collaborators, Neelesh Dahanukar, Siby Philip and Anvar Ali as co authors, this paper looks at.. read more →

New paper from PhD student

Anoop VK published the first paper from his PhD thesis in Zootaxa discussing the taxonomic identity of three species of zodiac loaches. VK Anoop, N Dahanukar, A Ali & R Raghavan (2017) Taxonomy of the zodiac loaches, Mesonoemacheilus triangularis, M. tambaraparniensis and M. periyarensis endemic to the Western Ghats of India (Teleostei: Nemacheilidae). Zootaxa 4341.. read more →

New paper on sustainability of small-scale fisheries in Western Ghats

Small, least conspicuous fish species are targeted through subsistence fisheries in many regions of the world, but little is known about their population dynamics or exploitation levels. In the Western Ghats of India, part of a global biodiversity hotspot and an exceptional region of freshwater fish diversity and endemism, several small species of loaches are.. 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 →