By: KK Joshi(Author), Rekha J Nair(Author), EMA Samad(Author), Sujitha Thomas(Author), VS Kakati(Author), S Jasmine(Author), Molly Varghese(Author), Miriam Paul S(Author), Sandhya Sukumaran(Author), Rani Mary George(Author), Mary K Manisseri(Author)
437 pages, colour photos, colour distribution maps, tables
Fishes of the family Carangidae constitute one of the important commercial fisheries of India. There have been reports on their distribution, abundance and biological aspects but no attempt has been made towards a comprehensive study on the taxonomy of this group of fishes. Carangids accounts 5.5% of the total marine catch in the country. In 2009, carangids contributed 1.73 lakh tonnes to the total landing showing increasing trend over 2008. There are 62 species of carangids occurring along the Indian coast but commercial fishery comprise mainly trevalleis, horse mackerel, scads, queen fishes, leather jackets and pompanos landed by trawls, gillnets, purse seines, bag seines, ring seines, shore seines, traps, hooks and lines and long lines. Carangids are considered as an important tasty fish in the domestic market and some of the species are in good demand in export market.
The present monograph contains information about taxonomy and biology of all the species reported from the lndian waters so far. Details regarding the biological characteristics and distribution will be of immense use for fishery resources assessment and fishery management. Identification of organisms to species level is also essential for understanding the biodiversity aspects and implementing conservation measures. The present work was carried out at different geographical locations viz., Bombay, Karwar, Mangalore, Cochin, Vizhinjam, Tuticorin and Mandapam. An extensive review of the published work on carangids along the indian coast has also been done, The Monograph is divided into nine chapters, containing methodology, details of genera of carangids and a key to genera and description of individual species and bibliography.
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