Biodiversity and Distribution of Fish Fauna in Dera Ghazi Khan Canal

Keywords: Fish, Dera Ghazi Khan, Fauna, Biodiversity, Distribution, Ichthyofauna, Protein.


The DG Khan canal is a vast canal starting from Taunsa Barrage and flowing through different areas of the DG Khan District. In some places, its water is restricted and has many fish species. The present study was intended to examine the fish fauna of DG Khan district from the Taunsa dam at DG Canal to the boundary line of DG Khan District with Rajanpur District. During the study, 16 species including Gudusia chapra (Hamilton, 1822), Notopterus notopterus (Pallas, 1769), Labeo gonius (Hamilton, 1822), Labeo rohita (Hamilton, 1822), Cirrhinus mrigala (Bloch, 1795) , Catla catla (Hamilton, 1822), Puntius ticto (Hamilton, 1822), Puntius sophore (Hamilton, 1822), Securicula gora (Hamilton, 1822), Cyprinus carpio (Linnaeus, 1758), Mystus cavasius (Hamilton, 1822), Mystus bleekeri (Day, 1877), Wallago attu (Day, 1878), Channa marulia (Hamilton, 1822), Oreochromis niloticus (Linnaeus, 1758), Mastacembelus armatus (Lacepède, 1800), were recorded in the DG canal of DG khan district. Taunsa barrage was also explored in which fishes Chitala chitala (Hamilton, 1822), Catla catla (Hamilton, 1822), Labeo gonius (Hamilton, 1822), Labeo rohita (Hamilton, 1822), Cirrhinus mrigala (Bloch, 1795), Labeo calbasu, Labeo bogga (Hamilton, 1822), Labeo dyocheilus (McClelland, 1839), Cirrhinus reba (Hamilton, 1822), Labeo boggut (Sykes, 1839), Hypophthalmichthys molitrix (Valenciennes, 1844), Ctenopharyngodon Idella (Valenciennes, 1844), Cyprinus carpio (Linnaeus, 1758), Oreochromis mossambicus (Peters, 1852), Oreochromis aureus (Steindachner, 1864), Oreochromis niloticus (Linnaeus, 1758), Channa punctata (Bloch, 1793), Channa striata (Bloch, 1793), Channa marulius (Hamilton, 1822), Macrognathus pancalus (Hamilton, 1822), Mastacembelus armatus (Lacepède, 1800), Ompok bimaculatus (Bloch, 1794) , Wallago attu (Day, 1878), Sperata seenghala (Sykes, 1839), Eutropiicthys vacha (Hamilton, 1822), Bagarius bagarius (Hamilton, 1822), Rita rita (Hamilton, 1822), Goanolisa manminus and Rita macracanthus (Ng, 2004) were recorded.