, Volume 36, Issue 4, pp 559-561
Date: 10 Sep 2011

Helminth richness in Arunachal Pradesh fishes: A forgotten component of biodiversity

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Biological diversity (or biodiversity), defined as the number and variety of living organisms within a specific geographical region, is essential for the stability of ecosystems, protection of overall environmental quality and understanding the intrinsic value of all species on earth (Ehrlich and Wilson 1991). Parasites, constituting more than half of all biodiversity (Toft 1986), are the integrative core of biodiversity survey and inventory, conservation and environmental integrity and ecosystem function (United States Department of Agriculture 2009). This article highlights the need for studies researching biodiversity of fish helminths, the largest and the most important group of fish parasites, with special reference to monogenoids occurring in Arunachal Pradesh waters.

The state of Arunachal Pradesh (29°30' N; 97°30' E) is recognized as the 25th biodiversity hotspot in the world (Chowdhery 1999), among the 200 globally important ecoregions (Olson and Dinerstein 1998) and is also on ...