Labeo filiferus: New species of edible fish found in Pampa river in Kerala

Monday 11th of September 2017

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September 11, 2017


Researchers are finding new species of edible freshwater fish in Pampa river in Pathanamthitta, Kerala. Many experts have named as Labeo filiferus (L.filiferus) and part of Labeo genus.

The category of newly found newly fish was taken from Latin word filiferus which describes extended dorsal fin with the species. It come in entire stretch of Pampa River running through Edakadathy in Pathanamthitta.


Labeo filiferus

The Labeo filiferus characteristics are black coloured body and fins, smaller eyes, longer snout, prominent barbels and elongated dorsal and anal fins. It will be 20 to 40 cm long and weighed four to five kilograms. Its eyes are brilliantly coloured with orange tinge. It can sometimes be farmed on a poster scale. It will be second fish owned by Labeo genus to be located in Kerala after L.dussumieri.

Labeo genus fishes

Fishes owned by Labeo genus are widely distributed in inland waterbodies of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Malaysia, tropical Africa and Syria. They are simply medium-sized elongate fishes with rounded abdomen, finged lips, swollen snout and straight lateral line. As many as 31 species of Labeo are reported for being included in India, masters L.rohita (commonly also known as Rohu) is extensively employed in aquaculture.

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