On the freshwater fish fauna of Krishna River, Sangli District, Maharashtra, India

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Suresh M. Kumbar
Shrikant S. Jadhav
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3799-4793
Swapnali B. Lad
Abhijit B. Ghadage
Satyawan S. Patil
C. Shiva Shankar

Abstract

Freshwater fish fauna of Krishna River, Sangli district was studied from 2013 to 2017. A total of 73 species belonging to 10 orders, 22 families, and 49 genera were recorded, of which, 29 species are endemic to the Western Ghats and 11 species endemic to the Krishna River system. Labeo kontius, an endemic barb of the Cauvery River System was recorded for the first time from the Krishna River, Maharashtra. As per the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, 54 species are assessed as ‘Least Concern’, four species as ‘Near Threatened’, three species as ‘Vulnerable’, five as ‘Endangered’, and two as ‘Data Deficient’. The conservation status of two species has not yet been assessed. Fish fauna of the Krishna River within the study area is threatened as a result of alien species, and several anthropogenic stressors such as pollution from industrial as well as agricultural sources, human settlements, and overfishing.  Since, this small study area harbours 28 endemic and eight threatened species, their conservation should be given high priority.

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Kumbar, S.M., Jadhav, S.S., Lad, S.B., Ghadage, A., Patil, S.S. and Shankar, C.S. 2021. On the freshwater fish fauna of Krishna River, Sangli District, Maharashtra, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 13, 8 (Jul. 2021), 19093–19101. DOI:https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.6281.13.8.19093-19101.
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