A preliminary survey of fish fauna of river Panjkora at District Upper Dir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan

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A preliminary survey of fish fauna of river Panjkora at District Upper Dir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan

Ibrar Muhammad, Zaigham Hasan, Sana Ullah, Waheed Ullah, Hamid Ullah
J. Bio. Env. Sci.5( 1), 362-368, July 2014.
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Abstract

This preliminary study was conducted from March 2011 to November 2011 to evaluate the fish fauna of River Panjkora at District Dir Upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. During the study eleven fish species were identified. These species were belonging to four orders including Cypriniformes, Channiformes, Salmoniformes and Siluriformes, and four families including Cyprinidae, Channidae, Salmonidae and Sisoridae. Cyprinidae was the richest family represented by seven fish species consisting of Schizothorax esocinus, Racoma labieta, Orienus plagiostomus, Crossocheilus diplocheilus, Gara gotyla, Barilius pakistanicus and Carassius auratus. The family Sisoridae was embodied to two species namely Gagata cenia and Glyptothorax punjabensis. The family Channidae and Salmonidae were comprised of one species each, Channa punctata and Oncorhynchus mykiss respectively. It was concluded that River Panjkora at District Dir Upper has got high fish biodiversity and has got potential to be utilized for culturing various other cold water fishes.

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