Icthyofaunistic study of river Kabul at Michini, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

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Icthyofaunistic study of river Kabul at Michini, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Muhammad Rauf, Naeem-ud-Din, Zaigham Hasan, Abdul Haseeb, Hussain Shah, Sana Ullah
J. Bio. Env. Sci.7( 3), 186-194, September 2015.
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The present study was conducted to determine the diversity of fish communities in River Kabul at Michini, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan from June to November, 2011. During the study period, a total of 23 freshwater fish species were recorded belonging to 6 orders, 9 families and 19 genera. Cyprinidae was the most dominant family represented by 11 species including Barilius vagra, Rasbora daniconius, Cirrhinus mrigala, Labeo diplostomus, Puntius ticto, Puntius sophore, Tor macrolepis, Crossocheilus diplocheilus, Garra gotyla, Carassius auratus and Cyprinus carpio. Family Sisoridae was represented by 4 species consisting of Bagarius bagarius, Glyptothorax naziri, Glyptothorax punjabensis, and Glyptothorax stocki. Family Channidae was embodied to two species: Channa punctata and Channa gachua. The other 6 families were represented by a single specie each i.e. family Cobitidae by Botia birdi, family Siluridae by Wallago attu, family Schilbeidae by Clupisoma naziri, family Heteropneustidae by Heteropneusteus fossilis, family Mastacembelidae by Mastacembelus armatus and family Cichlidae by Oreochromis niloticus. Based on the findings from the present study it was concluded that River Kabul has got high ichthyic diversity, which can serve as the back bone of the economy for the study area if proper management is carried out.


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