Taxonomy of Finfish


Dr. Devanand T N


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Course Name : Taxonomy of Finfish

Code(Credit) : FSRM1101(1-2-0)

Course Objectives

  • This course has been designed to understand identification and classification of commercially important fishes and other aquatic vertebrates by the students .
  • The course objectives are to provide the students with an introductory knowledge of fish classification.
  • The students will be required to identify common species available in and around their region using morphological keys. This is accomplished through lecture, class discussion and examination of selected specimens.

Learning Outcomes

  • The students will understand the importance of finfish taxonomy and need to study finfish taxonomy.
  • The students will understand the importance of binominal nomenclature to name a fish.
  • The students will acquire knowledge to lable the specimen and how to store it.
  • The modern taxonomic tools: Karyotaxonomy, DNA barcoding, protein analysis and DNA polymorphism.

Course Syllabus

Principles of taxonomy. Nomenclature, types. Classification and interrelationships. Criteria for generic and specific identification. Morphological, morphometric and meristic characteristics of taxonomic significance. Major taxa of inland and marine fishes up to family level. Commercially important freshwater and marine fishes of India and their morphological characteristics.Introduction to modern taxonomic tools: karyotaxonomy, DNA barcoding, protein analysis and DNA polymorphism.

Collection and identification of commercially important inland and marine fishes.Study of their external morphology and diagnostic features. Modern taxonomic tools - Protein analysis and electrophoretic studies; Karyotaxonomy - chromosome preparation and identification. DNAbarcoding, DNA polymorphism; Visit to fish landing centres to study commercially importantfishes and catch composition.

Prescribed Books
1. Nelson, J.S. 1994. Fishes of The World. 3rd Edition. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York.
2. Day, F. 1989. Fishes – Vol.I. Today and Tomorrow’s Printers and Publishers, New Delhi.

Reference Books
1. Day, F. 1994. Fishes – Vol.II. Jagmander Book Agency, New Delhi.
2. Gunther, A.C.L.G. 1993. An Introduction to The Study of Fishes. Discovery Publishing House, New Delhi.
3. Lagler, K.F. et al. 1977. Ichthyology.1st Edition. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York.
4. Jayaram, K.C. 1998 .The Freshwater fishes of the Indian Region. Narendra Publishing House, Delhi.

Session Plan

Session 1

Session 7

Session 8

Session 9

Session 12

Session 15

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Dr. Devanand T N

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              School of Fisheries Centurion University of Technology and Management (CUTM)  Paralakhemundi- 761211 Odisha, INDIA     Cleared ICAR – ASRB NET in FISHERIES RESOURCE MANAGEMENT   B.F.Sc. (Fisheries Science)- 2013, College of Fisheries, Mangaluru, Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University (Bidar), Karnataka, India M.F.Sc. in Department of […]