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Asian catfish Clarias batrachus (Linnaeaus, 1758) getting critically endangered.

Argungu, L. A and Christianus, Annie and Nurul Amin, S. M and Daud, Siti Khalijah and Siraj, Siti Shapor and Rahman, Md. Aminur (2013) Asian catfish Clarias batrachus (Linnaeaus, 1758) getting critically endangered. Asian Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances, 8 (2). pp. 168-176. ISSN 1683-9919; ESSN: 1996-3289

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The presence of Asian catfish, Clarias batrachus in Malaysia is at a deteriorating state. It is hardly a cultured species since the supply of seed is unavailable. This species is found in lowland streams, swamp and rice fields. Therefore, they are greatly exposed to factors such as intermittent periods of drought, devastation of the natural habitat and agro-chemicals. Presently, fish farmers are more into the culture of Clarias gariepinus. This threatened the mere existence of this indigenous C. batrachus. Hardiness, good growth, efficient food conversion and excellent nutritional profile guarantee C. batrachus as a suitable aquaculture candidate. Some conservation efforts were looked into in order to prevent the extinction of this potentially important catfish.

Item Type:Article
Keyword:Clarias batrachus; Walking catfish; Extinction; Aquaculture.
Faculty or Institute:Faculty of Agriculture
Faculty of Science
Institute of Bioscience
Publisher:Academic Journals Inc
DOI Number:10.3923/ajava.2013.168.176
Altmetrics:http://www.altmetric.com/details.php?domain=psasir.upm.edu.my&doi=10.3923/ajava.2013.168.176
ID Code:29478
Deposited By: Norhazura Hamzah
Deposited On:14 Aug 2014 12:23
Last Modified:08 Sep 2015 12:13

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