Sunday, 11 November 2012

Pethia conchonius (Hamilton, 1822) A candidate species of freshwater ornamental fish trade - An update


Tropical fresh water fishes contribute 80-90% of the world market, the rest being supported by tropical marine and brackish water species. India contributes only around 0.5% of world exports of ornamental fishes. India exported ornamental fishes worth about 554 lakh rupees during 2009-2010, it includes 85% wild catch and 15% farmed varieties of exotic fishes. Among 104 ornamental fishes in the Western Ghats, 10 species including rosy barb have already secured a position in the national and international market as ornamental fish (Kurup et al, 2012).

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