International Journal of Zoology Studies

International Journal of Zoology Studies


International Journal of Zoology Studies
International Journal of Zoology Studies
Vol. 6, Issue 2 (2021)

Taxonomic status of Puntius species found in India: A historical review


Rabindra Kumar Saroniya

The taxonomic identification is a regular process to resolve ambiguities based on morphological features. The first worker on Indian fishes was Bloch whose splendid work on “Auslandische Fische” published in 1785. However, fish studies with a more scientific, more accurate and fulfilling the needs of modern taxonomy on the Indian freshwater fish fauna started only from 19th century. Beginning with Hamilton-Buchanan’s (1822) account of the fishes of the Ganges, followed by Bennett (1830), J. McClelland (1839), Col. W. Sykes (1839), Cantor (1839), McClelland (1839), Wyllie (1840), Cuvier and Valenciennes (1849), Pieter Bleeker (1853), Blyth (1858),T. C. Jerdon (1849), the vast array of fish found in this area came to light. All these pioneer researchers laid a solid foundation for Indian systematic Ichthyology. Many new species has been discovered by many research scholar like Vishwanath and Laisram (2004), Jameela Beevi and Ramchandran (2005), Mercy and Jacob (2007), Devi et al. (2010), Krishna Kumar et al. (2011),Knight et al. (2012) and Plamoottil, M. (2015) from various parts of India. Plamoottil and Johnson (2020) described 8 new species in taxonomic notes on Puntius species of South India. In India, more than 60 species of genus Puntius has been identified and described by various workers. New fish species are being identified on the basis of morphometric and meristic characters especially in North-East and South India. This historic review summarised the entire work on taxonomic status of Puntius species found in India.
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Rabindra Kumar Saroniya. Taxonomic status of Puntius species found in India: A historical review. International Journal of Zoology Studies, Volume 6, Issue 2, 2021, Pages 44-46
International Journal of Zoology Studies