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Fish Biodiversity of District Karak Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan

Author Affiliations

  • 1Muneer Ahmad Khan Lecturer in Zoology, Govt, College Sabir Abad Karak, PAKISTAN
  • 2Zaigham Hasan Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology University of Peshawar, PAKISTAN

Res. J. Animal, Veterinary and Fishery Sci., Volume 2, Issue (10), Pages 16-19, October,24 (2014)


A survey on the fishes of District Karak K.P.K Pakistan was conducted from January 2012 to January 2014. Karak being an arid area does not have a river hence the fish fauna is only present in the small rain filled dams like, Changhoz dam, Sharki dam, Zebi dam, Sarki lawagher dam and a natural water body Dhand Eidal Khel etc. A total of (21) fish species were collected from a total catch of (1794) belonging to 4 different orders 4 families and 14 genera. Family Cyprinidae was seemed to be the richest one and represented by 16 species viz, Cyprinus carpio, Labeo rohita, Labeo calbaso, Carassius auratus, Catla catla, Cirrhinus mrigala, Ctenopharyngodn idella, Puntius ticto, P sophore, Hypophthalmichthys molitrix Barilius vagra, Barilius pakistanicus, Crossocheilus latius. Crossocheilus diplocheilus, Cyprinion watsoni and Aspidoparia morar, another notable family was Channidae represented by 3 species viz, Channa punctatus, Channa straitus, Channa gachua, family Siluridae and Mastacembelidae is represented by single species Ompok pabda and Mastacembelus armatus respectively. Fishes found in this region is of great economic importance and people of the area get maximum benefits as much as possible.


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