Endangered Golden Mahseer : a review of natural history
Species: Tor putitora
Tor putitora, the Putitor mahseer, Himalayan mahseer or golden mahseer, is an endangered species of cyprinid fish that is found in rapid streams, riverine pools and lakes in the Himalayan region and south Asia, ranging from Iran south to Sri Lanka, and North east India to Thailand. It is a popular gamefish, the largest species of mahseer, and can reach up to 2.75 m (9.0 ft) in length and 54 kg (120 lb) in weight, though most caught today are far smaller. It is threatened by habitat loss, habitat degradation and overfishing, and it is estimated that it already has declined by more than 50%.
Mahseer fetch high market price, and are potential candidate species for aquaculture as it is a highly esteemed food fish. Like other types of carps, they are omnivorous, eating not only algae, crustaceans, insects, frogs, and other fish, but also fruits that fall from trees overhead. In addition to being caught for sport, mahseer are also part of commercial fishing and ornamental or aquarium fish.
The research paper by Jay P. Bhatt . Maharaj K. Pandit is available for download below.