Cytogenetics and cytotaxonomic consideration of two endangered ornamental fishes Puntius arulius and P. tambraparniei (Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae) from Western Ghats, India

M. Arunachalam, M. Murugan


Puntius arulius and Puntius tambraparniei are two closely related endangered ornamental fishes of Western Ghat mountain ranges in peninsular India. Diploid chromosome of both the species is 2n = 50 with NF values of 90 and 94 respectively. Results on the topotype specimens revealed them to be distinct genotypes.

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