Mathews Plamoottil1* and Regy Johnson2

1Department of Zoology, BJM Govt. College, Chavara-691583 (India) 2Department of Botany, Bishop Moore College, Mavelikara-690110 (India); Ph: 9447059690 *Corresponding Author


Cyprinidae, is the largest and most diverse vertebrate family with about 3,000 species in which about 1300 are extant fishes. Most of the cyprinid fishes are economically important food fishes; they are fished and farmed in most of the Asian countries.; some small representatives of them are widely used as ornamental fishes. Some of the previously described fishes are currently not accepted by the scientific world due to imperfect description or due to lack of collection from its type locality after the original description. It is an endeavour to trace out the primary particulars of forgotten cyprinid fishes described from south Indian states such as Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Pondicherry and Goa; available essential taxonomic details including type locality, diagnostic characters, meristic counts and current taxonomic status are included.

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