Similarity in ichthyodiversity of two connected rivers in Pak-Afghan border: River Chitral and River Bashgal and their frequency of distribution

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Similarity in ichthyodiversity of two connected rivers in Pak-Afghan border: River Chitral and River Bashgal and their frequency of distribution

Fathul Bari, Ali Muhammad Yousafzai, Shaheen Shah
J. Bio. Env. Sci.5( 3), 21-28, September 2014.
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River Chitral and River Bashgal are first two feeding rivers of River Kabul which join each other at Pak-Afghan border in Arandu, Pakistan. These connected water bodies were assessed to explore similarity in ichthyo-diversity. A total of 157 specimens were collected which represented 7 species namely Schizothorax plagiostomus, Schizothorax esocinus, Racoma labiata, Glyptosternum reticulatum, Tryplophysa choprai, distributed in both rivers, and Tryplophysa kashmirensis and Tryplophysa hazarensis were collected from River Chitral only. The water bodies have five (5) species in common, showing more than 71% similarity regarding fish fauna. It also confirms the presence of Tryplophysa chprai in Afghanistan.


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