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Freshwater Fishes of Central India: A Field Guide

Nilesh Heda (Author) Planetearth

India is rich in its Indian Fish Fauna with about 940 species known from its rivers, lakes and estuaries. This Constitutes about 38% of the Indian ichthyofauna, which are of considerable economics and scientific value. Of these about 500 species are primary freshwater fishes with around 65% endemic, cloistered in the two hot spots of India, the Western Ghats and the North East. Today freshwater fishes are considered to be the world’s most threatened group of vertebrates after amphibians. However, threats to these fauna are aplenty, with urbanization, deforestation, habitat loss, pollution, over-harvesting, culture of exotics and the like looming large and centinelan extinction already at work. The only way for a nature lover is to save the fish and its habitats by creating awareness among the people. In this context, knowledge of the fish fauna of a region is the first step towards conservation. This pictorial field guide describing 116 species from Central India will serve as a handy tool to hook the beginner and other nature lovers into this field.

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About the author

Nilesh Heda

M.Sc. in Zoology and PhD in Fish Ecology. Previously working in Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (CES, IISc) and Agharkar research Institute (ARI), Pune. Now working as project director on Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and Rufford small Grant funded project on fish research. He is founder member of SAMVARDHAN, a Ngo dedicated to work for the “ fish-people-wetland” study and conservation issues. His Research interest spans over fish habitat inter-relationship, fishermen’s knowledge, conservation of aquatic species and habitats.

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Bibliographic information

Title Freshwater Fishes of Central India: A Field Guide
Series Planetearth
Author Nilesh Heda
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Vigyan Prasar
Language: English
isbn 9788174801913
length x+169pp.; Colour Illustrations; Index; 22cm.