Length-weight relationships and relative condition factor of fish species dwelling in the inland saline river, Luni, India, with a note on the associated risks and encounters obstructing the fish diversity and ecosystem services


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Length-weight relationships and relative condition factor of fishes of Luni River, India

Authors

  • AJEY KUMAR PATHAK ICAR-National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources, Lucknow
  • Ganesan Kantharajan ICAR-National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources, Lucknow
  • RAJESH DAYAL
  • RAVI KUMAR
  • V. P. SAINI
  • VINDHYA MOHINDRA
  • KULDEEP K. LAL

https://doi.org/10.21077/ijf.2022.69.4.127612-07

Keywords:

Luni River, Length-weight relationship, Relative condition factor, Thar Desert

Abstract

Luni is an ephemeral and inland saline river flowing through the Thar Desert of India. The present study focusses on
the length-weight relationships (LWRs) and condition factor analysis of six native and one invasive alien fish species
(Oreochromis mossambicus) collected from the river Luni during the exploratory surveys conducted from October, 2018 to
September, 2020. LWRs of native fish species showed negative allometric growth for Aphanius dispar, Cirrhinus mrigala
and Salmostoma bacaila and positive allometric growth for Labeo rohita, Mystus gulio and Systomus sarana. Despite
abundant distribution of O. mossambicus in the middle and downstream segments of the river Luni, this study revealed good
wellbeing and suitability of this river to native and non-native fish species. This forms the first study that reports the LWRs
and Kn value of these fish species from the river Luni, which could be useful for estimating stock characteristics and future
evaluation of fish population in this dynamic and fragile ecosystem. Further, results of the present study were also compared
with the available literature from nearby and associated ecosystems. The baseline information generated will be helpful in
understanding the present status of the fish population and also to carryout ecological studies for their conservation and
management in the future.
Keywords: Invasive Alien Species, Length-weight relationship, Oreochromis mossambicus, Thar Desert

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2022-08-30

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2022-12-31

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PATHAK, A. K., Ganesan Kantharajan, DAYAL, R., KUMAR, R., V. P. SAINI, MOHINDRA, V., & LAL, K. K. (2022). Length-weight relationships and relative condition factor of fish species dwelling in the inland saline river, Luni, India, with a note on the associated risks and encounters obstructing the fish diversity and ecosystem services: Length-weight relationships and relative condition factor of fishes of Luni River, India. Indian Journal of Fisheries, 69(4). https://doi.org/10.21077/ijf.2022.69.4.127612-07