Changes in Fish and Shellfish in Thondamanaru Lagoon, Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Current study was conducted for one year from June 2014 to May 2015, with an objective of identification of fish and shellfish diversity in the Thondamanaru lagoon ecosystem. In this study, 11 species were identified from Thondamanaru lagoon, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. There are four fishes, Chanos chanos, Hemirhamphus sp., Nematalosa sp. and Mugil cephalus and seven shell fishes, Penaeus indicus, Penaeus monodon, Penaeus latisulcatus, Penaeus semisulcatus, Metapenaeus monoceros, Portunus pelagicus and Scylla serrata. Species composition of Mugil cephalus, Penaeus indicus and Metapenaeus monoceros was high during rainy seasons. However, lagoon is being subjected to adverse environmental conditions that threaten its fish and shellfish biodiversity due to lack of saline water availability and changes in rainfall pattern.
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1339321Procedia APA BibTeX Chicago EndNote Harvard JSON MLA RIS XML ISO 690 PDF Downloads 1260
 Atputhanathan, M. and Chitravadivelu, K. (1968). Fishes of the Thondaimannar lagoon. Proc. Sri Lanka Association of Advancement of Science.25(1):68
 Chitravadivelu, K. (1978). FWC Newslwtter.IX(1):9-13
 Chitravadivelu, K and Arudpragasam, K.D (1983). Studies on the prawn fishery in the Jaffna lagoon. Proceeding of Sri lanka Association for Advancement of Science.39(1) 47
 Carpenter, K.E. and Niem, V.H. (1998). FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of the Western Central Pacific. Cephalopods, crustaceans, holothurians and sharks. Rome, FAO. Volume 2. pp 687-1396.
 De Bruin, G.H.P., Russell, B. and Bogusch, A. (1994). The Marine Fishery Resources of Sri Lanka, FAO species Identification guide for fishery purposes. FAO, Rome.
 Munro, I.S.R (1995). The Marine and freshwater fishes of Ceylon. Department of external affairs, Canberra, Australia.
 Sachithananthan, K. and. Perera, W.K.T. (1970). Topography and Substratum of the Jaffna lagoon. Bulletin of the Fisheries research station Ceylon.21:75-85.
 Sanmugarajah, K. (1993). Report of water resources Development, Jaffna Penninsula.pp78