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​An Annotated Checklist of Finfish and Shellfish Diversity of Pulicat Lake, Southeast Coast of India


DOI: 10.18805/IJAR.B-4740    | Article Id: B-4740 | Page : 468-475
Citation :- ​An Annotated Checklist of Finfish and Shellfish Diversity of Pulicat Lake, Southeast Coast of India.Indian Journal of Animal Research.2022.(56):468-475
N. Jesintha, N. Jayakumar, K. Karuppasamy, B. Ahilan, D. Manikandavelu, A. Uma, K. Madhavi karuppasamymfsc@gmail.com
Address : Dr. M.G.R Fisheries College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Dr. J. Jayalalithaa Fisheries University, Ponneri-601 204, Tamil Nadu, India.
Submitted Date : 29-07-2021
Accepted Date : 22-10-2021

Abstract

Background: Pulicat lake is the second largest brackish water lagoon in the country, lying partly in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu states along the Coromandel Coast of South India. The present paper gives information on occurrence, habitat preference, trophic level, human utility and fishery status of finfish and shellfish species of the Pulicat Lake. 
Methods: An extensive survey was conducted on finfish and shellfish diversity of Pulicat Lake from November 2019 to March 2021, selecting four fish landing centres viz, Pazhaverkadu, Arambakkam (fishing villages in Tamil Nadu), Venadu and Vatembedu (fishing villages in Andhra Pradesh) situated along the Lake. 
Result: In the present study, A total of 145 species including species of finfishes (95), prawns (8), crabs (7) and 35 molluscs (35) were documented from the Lake. Among the four selected landing centres, the highest diversity was observed in Pazhaverkadu, registering 143 species followed by Arambakkam (123), Vatembedu (85) and Venadu (77). 

Keywords

​Checklist Finfish and shellfish diversity Pulicat lake Southeast coast of India


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