Indian Journal of Animal Research

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Indian Journal of Animal Research, volume 54 issue 7 (july 2020) : 856-863

DNA Barcoding and Biometric Investigation on the Invasive Oreochromis niloticus (Linnaeus, 1758) from the River Yamuna of Uttar Pradesh

Absar Alam, Narinder Kumar Chadha, Annam-Pavan Kumar, Sushant Kumar Chakraborty, KripaL Datt Joshi, Paromita Banerjee Sawant, Shyamal Chndra Sukla Das, Jeetendra Kumar, Tarkeshwar Kumar
1Regional Centre, ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Allahabad-211 002, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Cite article:- Alam Absar, Chadha Kumar Narinder, Kumar Annam-Pavan, Chakraborty Kumar Sushant, Joshi Datt KripaL, Sawant Banerjee Paromita, Das Sukla Chndra Shyamal, Kumar Jeetendra, Kumar Tarkeshwar (2020). DNA Barcoding and Biometric Investigation on the Invasive Oreochromis niloticus (Linnaeus, 1758) from the River Yamuna of Uttar Pradesh. Indian Journal of Animal Research. 54(7): 856-863. doi: 10.18805/ijar.B-3833.
Oreochromis niloticus (Linnaeus, 1758), an invasive fish species is rapidly spreading in the Gangetic river system. The aim of the study was to identify and confirm its identity at species level by establishing a barcoding reference datasets in the river Yamuna and then to investigate its morphometric, meristic traits and length-weight relationship of O. niloticus from the Allahabad water of the river Yamuna by the examination of 341 fish specimens collected during October 2011 to September 2012. The taxonomic status of O. niloticus (Linnaeus, 1758), in the river Yamuna was assessed using DNA barcode marker COI gene sequences, have clearly identified the O. niloticus species with 100% similarity value with public database. The length-weight relationships were established as W = 0.029486L2.881638 and W = 0.058499L2.661735 for male and female. Differential growth in length-weight between male and female of O. niloticus were significant (p < 0.05), with a greater slope (b) value for male (2.88) than female (2.66). The t statistics estimated for the regression coefficients (b) were significant at 5% level of significance (p < 0.05), indicating an allometric growth pattern. The correlation was highest for the standard length and the total length (0.9878) and minimum for caudal peduncle length and total length (0.8022). Fin formula based on the meristic studies can be written as B3, D 15-19/11-15, P14, V 1/5, A 3/8-11 and C16-22. 
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