Heiko’s Meruvambayi River Biotope

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Meruvambayi River – Western Ghats, India Biotope from the Meruvambayi River, Western Ghats, Kerala, India

Habitat: This biotope is very beautiful and still not as much polluted and destroyed as many other aquatic habitats in this part of India. It has clear water with a slight flow and in some areas it is rich in aquatic vegetation – also along its shoreline. This is why I was able to find a large variety of species living here in harmony. They have a place to find micro organisms, aquatic insects and terrestrial ones, and such untouched biotope offers ample breeding ground for many species (and protection for their young). In addition I found no aquatic predator in this river biotope, as shown. nike air max 90 femme 2017 Its bed was full of reddish gravel. bottes timberland pas cher Fishes: Barilius sp.*(10) (a new species), Puntius sp. 1 (12), Puntius sp. 2 (6), Puntius sp. 3 (4), Puntius narayani (12), Puntius chalakkudiensis**(12), Devario malabaricus (6),Danio cf. rerio (6) (probably new), Garra gotyla (12), Nemacheilus cf. fasciatus (20),Carinotetraodon travancoricus (30), Monotrete (Tetraodon) conchinchinensis (6) and Aplocheilus sp. from the lineatus group (5). Plants: Limnophila aquatica, Eleocharis acicularis, Hydrocotyle sibithorpioides, Hygrophyla stricta, also Myriophyllum and Nymphaea species live here. adidas stan smith pas cher Heiko’s comments: This river which comes from the higher regions in the Western Ghats is still intact although in India – and specially in Kerala – there is an incredible housing-boom and rivers are dredged for construction purpose. Still this one was not much damaged, similar as the Chalakkudy river (not shown), from where the Puntius chalakkudiensis** is (and were it lives endemic). The latter is often confused with the smaller P. chaussure asics denisonii. I placed P. chalakkudiensis here to show its difference from P. asics france denisonii (not shown), and because denisonii is widely distributed in Kerala and I found it in the Meruvambayi river. The second species absent from this Kerala habitat is the (possibly) new Barilius. I collected it in a small mountain creek, high up and placed it here, as it is similar to the here living Barilius bakeri (not shown).

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