INDIA: Fishes of Maharashtra. Part 1

By Heiko Bleher

The region of the Western Ghats in the Southwest of India is one of the 34 biodiversity hotspots of the world. Nearly half of the known freshwater species from that area are endemic. Over 300 species have been recorded.

During a new field trip I researched with Natasha all three Western Ghats states, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala as well as the enclave Goa and I was able to find additional very interesting fishes collecting in 37 rivers and lakes – more than 150 different species of which surely some are new and should enrich again the most beautiful and educational hobby in the world. I will begin with Maharashtra where Marathi is spoken a Indo-Aryan-language which is over 1300 years old and has its origin in the Sanskrit.

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