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Current Status of Fish Diversity and Abundance at Panjnad Headworks Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan

Current Status of Fish Diversity and Abundance at Panjnad Headworks Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan

Saima Naz1, Ahmad Manan Mustafa Chatha2, Rifat Ullah Khan3*, Saba Iqbal1, Nimra Amjad1, Azka Kiran1, Ammara Javed1, Maria Lateef1 and Amna Nawaz1

1Department of Zoology, Government Sadiq College Women University, PK63100, Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan 
2Department of Entomology, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, PK63100, Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan
3College of Veterinary Sciences, Faculty of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences, The University of Agriculture, Peshawar, Pakistan
*      Corresponding author:


Present study is conducted to collect the information about current fish diversity at famous public place at Panjnad Headworks, Punjab, Bahawalpur, Pakistan. All fish samples were collected from three different sites (Panjnad, Abasia, Abu Dhabi canal) during February 2020 to January 2021 using different fish inclusive. The evident fish groups found were Cyprinids, Catfishes and others including (Channa punctata, Oreochromis niloticus, Oreochromis mossambicus, Bagarius bagarius). The data was statistically analyzed using ANOVA. Further relative abundance (Panjnad canal=57.81%, Abbasia canal=25.56%, Abu Dhabi canal=16.61%) and Simpson diversity index (D) (Panjnad canal=0.957335, Abbasia canal=0.923277, Abu Dhabi canal=0.893188) and Shannon-Wiener index (H) (Panjnad canal=3.19433, Abbasia canal=1.54355, Abu Dhabi canal=1.067311) were also calculated. Results revealed the diversity of fish population at Panjnad Headworks may be varied with seasonal variations. Maximum species originated belongs to family Cyprinidae which were 12 in number. It is suggested that there is a need of comprehensive strategies to conserve the nearly extinct group of fish species.

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology


Pakistan J. Zool., Vol. 55, Iss. 6, pp. 2501-3000


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