Taxonomic Identification of Five Rarely Seen Ray Species, In Landing at the Karachi Fish HarbourJournal: International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR) (Vol.10, No. 10)
Publication Date: 2021-10-05
Authors : Rabiya Nasir; Nuzhat Afsar; Isma Yasir;
Page : 422-426
Keywords : Rays; rare species; KFH; Pakistan; endangered species;
This paper presents the updated and brief information about five (5) ray species found among catches landed in the Karachi Fish Harbor (KFH) 24.8491? N, 66.9761? E. Surveys were made during February 2015 and March-April 2019 at the KFH, situated at West Wharf, Karachi. During fields, subjected ray species were observed in very small quantities, which have been recognized as rare species of ray faun seen on the site. Observed species were identified as Aetobatus ocellatus, Gymnura poecilura, Himantura uarnak, Mobula kuhlii and Pastinachus sephen. Mobula kuhlii All five species have been recognized as endangered species and have been listed in IUCN red list of endangered species. Despite the fact, still these species often caught by fishermen and sold in market. Unfortunately, there is no check and balance thus there is an utmost need to take corrective measures to conserve these species by implementing regulations.
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