Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 84, Issue 4, pp 395–407 | Cite as

Development of tools for assessing conservation categories of siluroid fishes of fresh water and brackish water wetlands of South West Bengal, India

  • Siddhartha Sankar Mishra
  • Sankar Kumar Acharjee
  • Susanta Kumar Chakraborty


Twenty-five species of fishes belonging to 18 genera, 7 families under the order siluriformes have been recorded from different freshwater and brackish water wetlands of South West Bengal, India. Fishery potential of 17 commercially important siluroid fishes were noted especially from market surveys as well as from information collected from local fishermen communities. Following the IUCN guidelines, and also through Participatory Rural Appraisal (P.R.A.) methods, an attempt has been made to assess the conservation status of such fishes, many of which are thought to be threatened. Trend analysis, Fish Magnitude Value and Rank based Quotient revealed the threatened status of 17 siluroid fishes.


Siluroid fishes PRA Trend analysis Rank based quotient Fish magnitude value Village magnitude value 



The first author is grateful to the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Govt. of India for providing financial support. The authors express their gratitude to the Director, Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata for identification of fishes. The laboratory and library facilities provided by the authorities of Vidyasagar University are gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Siddhartha Sankar Mishra
    • 1
  • Sankar Kumar Acharjee
    • 2
  • Susanta Kumar Chakraborty
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyVidyasagar UniversityMidnaporeIndia
  2. 2.Department of Agriculture ExtensionBidhan Chandra Krishi ViswavidyalayaMohanpore, NadiaIndia

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