SOME MOST PROMINENT ‘TIPS’ TO SEGREGATE FISH(ES)
With special reference to recently worked out fish diversity in the streams of eastern and western Doon
[The same tactics may be applied for identifying fishes in plains]
In an assemblage of fish catch, fishes can be sorted out and put in store by putting tentative labels on them. The following may be observed.
The following is not in Taxonomic order (deliberately done) just to lay emphasis on the instant exercise (observing more attracting or prominent characteristics) in the field. The real Taxonomic exercise can be accomplished after consulting the literature (hard copy or soft/web copy resources) available. For the present, as many as 14 lots of sorted fishes are presented here with tentative characterisations. Each lot will be examined in laboratory for final results, as incorporated lotwise separately here afterwards:
Sort out fish(es) with elongated cylindrical or compressed body with long caudal peduncle, deeply forked caudal fin, very large (somewhat hexagonal) to small scales, orange or yellowish or pinkish hue on the fins, shining silvery to dull grey or brown shades etc.:
…….. place them in one lot collectively labeled as Minnows or Minor Carps or Mahseers or Suckerfish etc, as numbered 1 – 5 in assemblage below.
Sort out small-sized worm-like to fusiform fishes caught while dragging at the bottom through pebbly, sandy, muddy or weedy bed. Such fishes will be drab or light coloured (greenish grey, brownish, drab yellowish) with spots, vertical bands, lateral band, tiger-like wavy bands, black ocellus at the base of upper caudal lobe, a dark stripe / band at the base of caudal fin and have prominent barbels around mouth:
………………place such fishes labeled as Cobitids (Loaches)