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Title: Uncovering an obscure trade: Threatened freshwater fishes and the aquarium pet markets
Authors: Raghavan, Rajeev
Dahanukar, Neelesh
Tlusty, Michael F.
Rhyne, Andrew L.
Kumar, K. Krishna
Molur, Sanjay
Rosser, Alison M.
Issue Date: 2013
Citation: BIOLOGICAL CONSERVATION, 164, p. 158-169
Abstract: While the collection of fish for the aquarium pet trade has been flagged as a major threat to wild populations, this link is tenuous for the unregulated wild collection of endemic species because of the lack of quantitative data. In this paper, we examine the extent and magnitude of collection and trade of endemic and threatened freshwater fishes from India for the pet markets, and discuss their conservation implications. Using data on aquarium fishes exported from India, we try to understand nature of the trade in terms of species composition, volume, exit points, and importing countries. Most trade in India is carried out under a generic label of "live aquarium fish"; yet despite this fact, we extracted export data for at least thirty endemic species that are listed as threatened in the IUCN Red List. Of the 1.5 million individual threatened freshwater fish exported, the major share was contributed by three species; Botia striata (Endangered), Carinotetraodon travancoricus (Vulnerable) and the Red Lined Torpedo Barbs (a species complex primarily consisting of Puntius denisonii and Puntius chalakkudiensis, both 'Endangered'). Using the endangered Red Lined Torpedo Barbs as a case study, we demonstrate how existing local regulations on aquarium fish collections and trade are poorly enforced, and are of little conservation value. In spite of the fact that several threatened and conservation concern species are routinely exported, India has yet to frame national legislation on freshwater aquarium trade. Our analysis of the trade in wild caught freshwater fishes from two global biodiversity hotspots provides a first assessment of the trade in endangered and threatened species. We suggest that the unmanaged collections of these endemic species could be a much more severe threat to freshwater biodiversity than hitherto recognized, and present realistic options for management. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Notes: [Raghavan, Rajeev] Univ Kent, Sch Anthropol & Conservat, Durrell Inst Conservat & Ecol, Canterbury, Kent, England. [Raghavan, Rajeev; Kumar, K. Krishna] St Alberts Coll, Conservat Res Grp, Kochi, Kerala, India. [Raghavan, Rajeev] Univ Hasselt, Ctr Environm Sci CMK, Res Grp Zool Biodivers & Toxicol, Diepenbeek, Belgium. [Raghavan, Rajeev] Univ South Bohemia, Fac Fisheries & Protect Waters, Inst Aquaculture, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. [Dahanukar, Neelesh; Molur, Sanjay] Zoo Outreach Org, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. [Dahanukar, Neelesh] Indian Inst Sci Educ & Res, Pune, Maharashtra, India. [Tlusty, Michael F.; Rhyne, Andrew L.] John H Prescott Marine Lab, New England Aquarium, Boston, MA USA. [Rhyne, Andrew L.] Roger Williams Univ, Dept Biol & Marine Biol, Bristol, RI 02809 USA. [Kumar, K. Krishna] Ashoka Trust Res Ecol & Environm, Community Environm Resource Ctr, Alleppey, India. [Rosser, Alison M.] United Nations Environm Programme World Conservat, Species Programme, Cambridge, England.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/16990
DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2013.04.019
ISI #: 000323086800017
ISSN: 0006-3207
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2014
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