INDIA: Fishes of Karnataka. Part 1

By Heiko Bleher

On our way to Ponda I wanted to do research in the Khandepa River it is a tributary of the Mandovi but unfortunately fenced in almost all the way. The only access was through a private property and I found a Hindu temple guardian who gave us access.

Along the sandy riverbank I was able to catch for the first time Mystus oculatus a very nice catfish, which looks like a South American pimelodid. Then a the colourful Puntius vittatus, which unfortunately is found rarely in the hobby but hopefully more in the future, and the most wide spread gudgeon Eleotris fusca, found almost throughout the Indo-Pacific region, but not much more.

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