Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India

Volume 32 Issue 1&2

Resources of juvenile rabbitfishes (Pisces : Siganidae) in the Lake Pulicat. Tamil Nadu.

N. Vasanth, R.J Lazarus and P. Sita Rami Reddy

The importance of rabbitfishes in aquaculture had been realised in Israel, USA, Singapore, Japan, etc. However, in India, they are slowly gaining the attention of aquaculturists. The present paper deals with the juvenile resources of rabbitfishes of Pulicat Lake. Based on observations from April to August 1987 in six selected stations, dissolved oxygen content was found to play a dominant role in the abundance of juveniles. Phases of the moon (full moon and new moon) have been observed to bear no relationship with the abundance. Collections made during day time were devoid of siganid juveniles in contrast with the night collections.

Date : 31-12-1990