Ichthyofaunal Diversity in Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve

  • R. RajaramEmail author
  • S. Murugan


Ichthyofaunal diversity was assessed in the inshore waters around the Great Nicobar Island. During the present study, 256 species of finfishes belonging to 141 genera, 83 families and 18 orders were recorded. Among these, Perciformes represented 46 families, 83 genera and 167 species followed by Clupeiformes, Tetraodontiformes, Anguilliformes, Scorpaeniformes, Beryciformes, Laminiformes, Cyprinodontiformes, Pleuronectiformes, Myctophiformes, Syngathiformes, Aulopiformes, Siluriformes, Notacanthiformes, Elopiformes, Ophidiformes, Anguilliformes and Gonorhychiformes which includes the medicinally important and ornamentally valuable species. In the present study, new distributional records of 147 species to Great Nicobar water which includes three species of new records to Bay of Bengal were also reported.


Bay of Bengal Great Nicobar Island Ichthyofauna 



The authors are thankful to the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, for financial support; Dr. D.R.K. Sastri, Officer-in-Charge, Andaman and Nicobar Regional Centre, Zoological Survey of India, Port Blair, for permitting us to make use of the library and laboratory facilities; Shri. N. Yesu Rathnam, Divisional Forest Officer, and Shri B. Chatterjee, Wildlife Warden of Campbell Bay, for the encouragement and facilities and to the Indian Coast Guard for the logistic support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Marine ScienceBharathidasan UniversityTiruchirappalliIndia
  2. 2.Centre for Advanced Study in Marine BiologyAnnamalai UniversityParangipettaiIndia

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