Ornamental Ichthyofaunal Diversity of North Guwahati, Assam, India

Shamim Rahman, Sumanjit Kakati, Jitendra Kumar Choudhury, Prabhat Chandra Sarma, Ellora Barua, Amalesh Dutta
2014 IOSR Journal of Agriculture and Veterinary Science  
In this current study, ornamental fish diversity of North Guwahati region is explored, contemplating entrepreneurship potential to provide livelihood opportunities to the fringe villagers with a view to facilitate fish biodiversity conservation. Mostly lentic water ecosystems are considered for ornamental fish diversity documentation. A total of 28 fish species with 17 families and 24 genera have been categorized into different status under potential ornamental fish. Out of these, 16 species
more » ... hese, 16 species are grouped having 'excellent ornamental value', while 9 other species fall under 'high ornamental fish' status based on established guidelines. Besides, economic importance as food value of these fish species have been complemented along with the ornamental importance to look into the actual people's preference of the fishes in this region. Scientific exploration of ornamental ichthyofauna of North Guwahati region, wetlands of which are facing threat and being deteriorated due to rapid urbanization of Guwahati city and industrial establishment, would involve fringe villagers in conservation practices because of the entrepreneurship aspects of ornamental fishes all over the globe.
doi:10.9790/2380-07421013 fatcat:vqoogssamjaglhtap6dssa23je