Length-weight relationships of two conservation-concern mahseers (Teleostei: Cyprinidae: Tor) of the river Cauvery, Karnataka, India

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Adrian C. Pinder
Rajeev Raghavan
Shannon D. Bower
J. Robert Britton


Length-weight (LW) relationships are presented for two conservation-concern species of mahseer (Tor spp.) from southern India’s river Cauvery.  Constructed from angler catch data, these are the first available LW relationships for the Critically Endangered Tor remadevii and the non-native and locally invasive Tor khudree.  For T. remadevii, the value of b, the allometric parameter, was 2.94 (95% CI: 2.75–3.14) and was not significantly different from 3.0, indicating isometric growth (t = 0.61, P = 0.54).  For T. khudree, b was greater at 3.18 (95% CI: 3.01–3.38), but with this also not significantly different from 3.0 (t = 1.91, P = 0.06).  Outputs are discussed with reference to species conservation and recreational catch-and-release fisheries.

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Pinder, A.C., Raghavan, R., Bower, S.D. and Britton, J.R. 2020. Length-weight relationships of two conservation-concern mahseers (Teleostei: Cyprinidae: Tor) of the river Cauvery, Karnataka, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 12, 10 (Jul. 2020), 16257–16261. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.6201.12.10.16257-16261.


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