Assessment of diversity and distribution of Bivalves (Mollusca: Bivalvia) in the Indus River District Mianwali, Pakistan

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Assessment of diversity and distribution of Bivalves (Mollusca: Bivalvia) in the Indus River District Mianwali, Pakistan

Muhammad Shafiullah, Naureen Aziz Qureshi, Javaria Altaf, Farhat Jabeen, Faiza Jabeen
J. Bio. Env. Sci.10( 6), 321-329, June 2017.
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Fresh water mussels have never been the paid attention in freshwater water aquaculture of Punjab with reference to their diversity and distribution. Total number of 300 fresh water bivalves were collected from different selected sites of the River Indus i.e. Chashma Barrage, Jinnah Barrage and Dhair  Yaru wala. The specimens were identified on the basis of recent identification keys and diagrammatic description provided in them, to understand the biodiversity of the bivalvia in these localities. It was found that the specimens belonged to ten species, five genera and only to the family Unionidae. The species abundance along with monthly variation of these species at various sites was estimated. The data was subjected to Shannon & Weiner Diversity index showing that all selected sites (Chashma barrage, Jinnah Barrage & Dhair Yaru wala) of river Indus had significant species diversity of the fresh water bivalvia belonging to the family Unionidae.


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