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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 10:25 am Post subject: Re: Group photo from a Cat fish Colony! Reply with quote

 Amazing  pics  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  really  looks  like  a  episode  from  river  monsters  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 10:49 am Post subject: Re: Group photo from a Cat fish Colony! Reply with quote

                                                   
mcgokul  wrote  (View  Post):                
Nice  pics.
 Most  likely  to  be  this-
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_Butter_Catfish
 Check  out  this  also-
 http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bangalore/African-catfish-a-health-risk/articleshow/1158653.cms                

 
 I  feel  they  are  Clarias  sp.  most  probably  C.  gariepinus
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 11:39 am Post subject: Re: Group photo from a Cat fish Colony! Reply with quote

 The  cats  need  to  be  checked,  in  case  it  is  Clarias  gariepinus  they  will  have  to  be  eliminated.  This  species  is  currently  banned  in  India  and  measures  are  being  taken  to  eliminate  it.  As  this  species  from  Africa  has  been  singularly  responsible  for  bringing  down  numerous  native  species,  it  is  very  aggressive,  grows  fast  and  feed  on  anything  edible.  
 
    It  has  eliminated  Indian  Clarias  species  from  many  river  systems.  .  .  .  needs  to  be  given  a  thought
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 11:45 am Post subject: Re: Group photo from a Cat fish Colony! Reply with quote

 these  clarias  were  brought  into  our  river  systems  for  a  reason
 i  think  the  government  also  keeps  check  of  such  places,  once  the  numbers  are  large  and  harvestable,  they  usually  setup  govt  authorised  fishermen  to  capture  and  sell  them  as  food  fish,  happens  in  most  of  the  lakes  in  public  places,  is  quite  a  common  practice  in  mysore.
 
 if  u  ever  visit  mysore  zoo  during  lunch  time,  you  will  see  that  most  of  the  aquatic  predators  are  provided  with  
 african  brown  knife  -  notopterus  notopterus,  tilapia,  and  different  types  of  claridae  
 
 the  same  fish  is  also  sold  by  many  fish  shop  guys  at  low  prices,  due  to  their  abundance.
 
 anyways  i  would  love  to  keep  one  as  a  pet  as  they  seem  to  be  quite  tame  there
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 12:07 pm Post subject: Re: Group photo from a Cat fish Colony! Reply with quote

 Surprised  what  a  family!!surely  look  deadly...  
 
 Let  me  find  some  in  our  colony  park.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 12:46 pm Post subject: Re: Group photo from a Cat fish Colony! Reply with quote

 hi  guys,,,
 
 I  dnt  know  wats  the  exact  name  of  this  cat  fish...  but  here  in  mumbai  it  is  sold  as  moongri.....   and  its  a   Delicacy  as  i  came  to  know  from  sum  of  my  friends...  if  any  one  intrested  they  can  visit  the  elphiston  fish  market  early  in  the  morning  (  5-10  AM  ),  and  you  can  see  trucks  lined  up  with  huge  syntex  tanks  filled  with  this  fish.....as  they  are  sold  in  kgs.....  but  its  one  hell  of  a  slippery  fish......
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 12:52 pm Post subject: Re: Group photo from a Cat fish Colony! Reply with quote

 The  African  cat  was  introduced  by  the  Indian  Government   as  perfect  species  to  enhance  the  productivity  from  our  lakes,  tanks  and  also  culture  ponds.
 
 But  soon  to  realize  the  impact  on  the  native  fauna  and  hence  was  decided  to  be  banned,  but  the  damage  has  already  been  done.  It  has  already  entered  most  of  the  river  systems.
 
   The  fish  farmers  still  illegally  culture  it  as  it  grows  fast  and  can  be  fed  with  any  thing  from  silk  worm  pupae  to  slaughter  house  waste.  It  has  become  so  abundant  that  50%  of  Clarius  species  you  get  any  river  system  it  will  the  African  cat.
 
   In  our  area  it  has  been  years  since  we  have  encountered  Clarias  batrachus,  our  belt  does  not  have  any  tanks,  dams  or  reservoirs  nor  does  anyone  culture  freshwater  fish,but  still  it  has  reached  and  started  dominating  the  rivers.
 
 So  you  can  gauge  the  danger  in  store.....  this  not  like  the  Tilapia  issue,  The  Tilipia  introduced  were  hybrids,  hence  weaker.  But  this  the  pure  form.
 
 Some  newspaper  reports
 
 http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_african-catfish-posing-threat-to-indian-fish-species_1366863
 
 http://www.deccanherald.com/content/64102/catfish-boom-govt-takes-cat.html
 
 http://www.livemint.com/2010/06/21201210/Alien-invasion-poses-threat-to.html?atype=tp
 
 http://www.hindu.com/2009/05/31/stories/2009053156970500.htm
 
 http://www.hindu.com/2009/07/24/stories/2009072454710600.htm
 
 Court  Proceeding  in  one  case
 
 http://www.indiankanoon.org/doc/179308/
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 12:53 pm Post subject: Re: Group photo from a Cat fish Colony! Reply with quote

 These  fish  are  banned  in  Karnataka,  and  that's  five  years  old  news  atleast.
 Which  lake  did  you  find  them  in  ?  They  should  not  be  there.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:11 pm Post subject: Re: Group photo from a Cat fish Colony! Reply with quote

 Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww  Guns
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:32 pm Post subject: Re: Group photo from a Cat fish Colony! Reply with quote

 Very  nice  shots  Anand.
 I  think  I've  seen  them  at  Lumbini  gardens  too!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 3:56 pm Post subject: Re: Group photo from a Cat fish Colony! Reply with quote

 Clarias  batrachus?
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 Around  Mumbai,  I  have  seen  more  Clarias  gariepinus  than  these,  especially  wells.


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 And  the  government  has  no  control  over  these  fish.
 Certainly  these  fish  pose  a  greater  problem  to  our  native  fish  than  tilapia  ever  did.
 These  can  relocate  themseles  over  short  distances  on  land.  Encountering  these  guys  on  land  surrounding  lakes  infested  by  them  is  not  an  uncommon  sight.
 Today  the  United  States  is  crying  over  Snakeheads.  Wait  till  they  see  these  guys.
 Tilapia  and  Clarias  species  are  the  perfect  examples  of  the  shortsightedness  and  lack  of  research  of  the  Fisheries  Department.
 It  shows  how  the  government  is  least  concerned  about  disturbing  the  delicate  ecological  balance  of  our  native  biotopes.
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mcgokul  wrote  (View  Post):                
Nice  pics.
 Most  likely  to  be  this-
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_Butter_Catfish
 Check  out  this  also-
 http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bangalore/African-catfish-a-health-risk/articleshow/1158653.cms                

 
 Was  Tilapia  not  enough  to  kill  the  bio-diversity  that  we  got  this   Surprised
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 they  are   clarias  batrachus,  also  known  as  the  magur  in  assam.  grows  to  about  a  foot  in  length.  The  clarias  gariepinus  grows  much  bigger  are  are  known  to  cause  erosion  along  the  small  river  banks  apart  from  eradicating  local  fish  species.
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