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Length-weight relationship and condition factor of five sub-populations of Trichogaster lalius (Osphronemidae) of central and eastern regions of India

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Length-weight relationship along with condition factor was studied in five sub-populations of Trichogaster lalius collected from five different habitats of central and eastern parts of India characterized by different environmental conditions. Results of the current length-weight relationship study show that there is significant difference from the isometric b (3.0) value in the sub-populations of Lucknow Pond, River Gomti and Kolkata Pond, whereas there is no significant difference in the Malihabad and Barabanki sub-populations. This clearly indicates the negative allometric (b < 3) growth in the specimens collected from Lucknow, River Gomti and Kolkata and these sub-populations do not follow the cube law strictly. A positive straight line correlation was found between length and weight as the values of coefficient of correlation (r) of all the subpopulations of T. lalius varied between 0.92–0.97. The values obtained from covariance analysis for the difference between slopes of regression line for the sub-populations suggested that separate equations are required for five sub-populations of T. lalius. The Fulton’s condition factor (K) was used to evaluate the condition or fatness of fish which showed that the growth in all the sub-populations of T. lalius is satisfactory.

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Awasthi, M., Kashyap, A. & Serajuddin, M. Length-weight relationship and condition factor of five sub-populations of Trichogaster lalius (Osphronemidae) of central and eastern regions of India. J. Ichthyol. 55, 849–853 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1134/S0032945215060028

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  • Trichogaster lalius
  • length-weight
  • condition factor