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Stock Structure of the Critically Endangered Clupisoma garua (Hamilton, 1822): An Investigation Based on Discriminant Analysis Approach

Ashfaqun Nahar1*, Md Reaz Chaklader2, Muhammad Abu Bakar Siddik2, Ilham Ilham3, Hung Duc Pham4 and Sukham Munilkumar5

1Department of Marine Fisheries and Oceanography, Patuakhali Science and Technology University, Patuakhali, Bangladesh

2Department of Fisheries Biology and Genetics, Patuakhali Science and Technology University, Patuakhali, Bangladesh

3Department of Aquatic Resources and Management, Jakarta Fisheries University, Indonesia

4Institute of Aquaculture, Nha Trang University, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam

5ICAR- Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Kolkata Centre, Salt Lake City, Kolkata, India

*Corresponding Author:
Ashfaqun Nahar
Department of Marine Fisheries and Oceanography
Patuakhali Science and Technology University
Patuakhali-8602, Bangladesh
Tel: +880 1987-006723
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: November 11, 2016 Accepted Date: March 08, 2017 Published Date:March 10, 2017

Citation: Nahar A, Chaklader MR, Siddik MAB, Ilham I, Pham HD, et al. (2017) Stock Structure of the Critically Endangered Clupisoma garua (Hamilton, 1822): An Investigation Based on Discriminant Analysis Approach. J Aquac Res Development 8: 470. doi: 10.4172/2155-9546.1000470

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Abstract

The stock structure of critically endangered Clupisoma garua were examined based on morphometric characters. A total of 133 specimens were collected from four rivers located in the southern coastal zone of Bangladesh. Data were subjected to principal component analysis, discriminant function analysis and univariate analysis of variance. In discriminant function analysis, plotting first and second discriminant functions explained 88.4% and 9.9% of the between-group variation for morphometric analyses indicating the existence of three morphologically differentiated groups of C. garua. The first principal component (PC1) explained 82.41% of the total variation, while PC2 explained 4.62%. The step-wise discriminant function analysis (DFA) retained six variables that significantly discriminated the populations. Using these variables, 82.0% of the original groups were classified into their correct samples and 79.70% of the cross validated groups omitting one procedure were classified into their correct samples. The result obtained from the study noticed significant differences among the populations.

Keywords

Stock structure; Morphometric characters; Discriminant analysis; Clupisoma garua; Bangladesh

Introduction

The study of morphological characters has been of strong interest in ichthyology in order to define or characterize fish stocks [1-4]. Generally, a ‘fish stock’ is a local population having genetic differences from other stocks and adapted to a particular environment [5]. Though genetic dissimilarities among stocks are a condition according to this definition, phenotypic variations still play a vital role in stock identification among groups of fish [6]. Various tools have been used for the purpose of stock identification among which the study of morphometric traits is one of the most frequently employed and costeffective methods. Morphometric characters have been successfully conducted on a number of fish species in order to identify stock structure including Trachurus mediterraneus [7], Limanda ferruginea [8], Clarias gariepinus [9], Pomatomus saltatrix [10], Rastrelliger kanagurta [11], Megalaspis cordyla [12], etc.

Knowledge of stock structure, distribution of fishing effort and mortality amongst the various components are essential to implement effective fishery management and worthwhile stock rebuilding programs, since each stock must be managed separately to optimize their yield [13-16]. Lack of proper knowledge on the fish and fishery management can lead to dramatic changes in the biological attributes and productivity of a species [17,18]. For delineation of fish stocks, morphological characters, such as body shape and meristic counts, have long been used and continue to be used successfully [19-22].

Clupisoma garua in the Siluriformes order is an important component of riverine and brackish water fisheries in Bangladesh known as Garua Bachcha which is preferable by all classes of consumers due to its availability, deliciousness and nutritive quality [23]. This species once extensively available in the coastal rivers in Bangladesh and also reported to have been found available in neighboring countries such as India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan [24,25]. But over the decades, ever increasing anthropogenic and natural hazards squeeze the species geographical distribution across the country and subsequently the species is categorized as critically endangered in Bangladesh [26-28]. Very few studies have been conducted on C. garua especially stock differentiation from the selected rivers. Hence this study presents the first reference to investigate the stock structure and identify the best set of characters from different geographic coastal rivers of Bangladesh.

Materials and Methods

Sampling

A total of 133 specimens of C. garua were randomly collected from four coastal rivers, southern Bangladesh from Jan to Aug 2014. In general, 40 fish were targeted at each site for each sampling event. The species were caught by using commercial fishing net and majority of samples were collected with the help of municipal harvesters or management authorities. All specimens were placed in a cooler on ice prior to bring and were preserved with 70% ethanol and deposited in the Fish Laboratory, Faculty of Fisheries, Patuakhali Science and Technology University, Bangladesh. Sampling site locations, the numbers of samples analyzed per river as well as the GPS coordinates are presented in Table 1 and Figure 1.

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Figure 1: Sampling rivers of Clupisoma garua in the southern coastal zone of Bangladesh.

Population Collection site (District) Location No. of fish Date of collection
Burishwar river Amtali (Patuakhali) 22o12ËN 90o20ËE 30 20.01.14
Baleswar river Mathbaria (Pirojpur) 22o12ËN 89o89ËE 35 01.03.14
Andarmanick river Kalapara (Patuakhali) 21o92ËN 90o14ËE 34 10.05.14
Tentulia river Gajalia (Barisal) 22°33'N 90°65'E 34 20.08.14

Table 1: Sources, number of specimens and date of collection of C. garua population.

Laboratory work

There are 162 individuals were analysed using 25 morphometric characters (Table 2). All specimens were measured with digital slide calipers from the left side of the body up to the nearest 0.1 cm and total mass were weighed with a digital balance up to the nearest 0.1 g.

Characters Burishwar
river
Baleswar
river
Andarmanick river Tentulia
river
Wilks
lamba
F value P value
  Mean  S.D. Mean  S.D. Mean S.D. Mean S.D.      
LT 18.22 3.12 11.43 1.40 15.50 1.43 27.15 3.03 0.136 273.43 0.000*
LS 14.38 2.54 8.97 1.09 12.21 1.06 23.01 3.26 0.142 259.37 0.000*
LF 15.80 2.77 9.96 1.23 13.43 1.22 24.44 3.18 0.144 256.22 0.000*
LH 2.76 0.47 1.92 0.24 2.44 0.25 4.56 0.88 0.211 161.22 0.000*
HD↓ 1.98 0.36 1.50 0.25 1.74 0.23 3.98 0.91 0.209 163.11 0.000*
D2↓ 3.44 0.76 2.02 0.268 2.74 0.41 5.58 1.32 0.254 126.13 0.000*
LBD↓ 1.44 0.30 1.08 0.27 1.28 0.16 2.68 0.74 0.310 95.60 0.000*
LE1 0.82 0.16 0.57 0.10 0.78 0.10 1.69 0.40 0.207 164.93 0.000*
E2H 1.23 0.21 0.73 0.08 1.04 0.19 1.96 0.33 0.184 190.22 0.000*
E1E2 0.71 0.20 0.62 0.15 0.62 0.10 0.89 0.26 0.726 16.21 0.000*
SnL 1.17 0.23 .88 0.14 1.09 0.12 1.75 0.63 0.521 39.61 0.000*
LD1 4.09 0.83 2.56 0.45 3.27 0.33 6.71 1.37 0.215 156.55 0.000*
D2S 8.97 1.64 5.09 0.58 7.36 1.41 14.14 2.00 0.159 227.14 0.000*
D 2.17 0.44 1.17 0.21 1.93 1.18 3.46 0.54 0.403 63.66 0.000*
P 2.42 0.41 1.41 0.24 2.08 0.22 3.93 0.68 0.169 212.01 0.000*
V 1.37 0.25 0.96 0.15 1.31 0.26 2.24 0.35 0.226 147.41 0.000*
A 1.38 0.23 1.04 0.15 1.20 0.08 2.09 0.25 0.170 210.25 0.000*
D1D2 1.32 0.35 1.32 0.36 1.59 1.09 2.17 0.75 0.803 10.57 0.000*
P1P2 0.59 0.15 0.43 0.10 0.51 0.13 1.27 0.33 0.256 125.20 0.000*
V1V2 0.42 0.14 0.29 0.08 0.35 0.10 1.05 0.39 0.325 89.44 0.000*
A1A2 4.25 0.78 2.40 0.35 3.48 0.49 6.49 1.11 0.187 187.35 0.000*
UJL 1.05 0.21 0.73 0.15 0.94 0.17 1.91 0.53 0.306 97.67 0.000*
LJL 0.82 0.14 0.70 0.83 0.73 0.14 1.53 0.49 0.677 20.52 0.000*
ML 6.33 0.97 3.87 0.60 5.77 0.68 10.39 3.05 0.319 91.98 0.000*
MnL 0.53 0.13 0.36 0.09 0.54 0.10 1.92 1.11 0.436 55.62 0.000*

Table 2: Mean and standard deviation (S.D.) values and results of an ANOVA for 25 morphometric characters of C. garua from the Coastal rivers, southern Bangladesh (character descriptions given in Figure 1).

Data and statistical analysis

A stepwise multivariate discriminant analysis was used for morphometric data to identify the combination of variables that best separate C. garua samples, since predictive ability of morphometric characters are statistically different [29,30]. Several univariate and multivariate analyses including regression analysis, allometric methods, multiple group principal component analysis, etc can be used to remove the size effect of the samples. The allometric methods are a significant help in achieving the size and shape separation and reasonably meet the statistical assumption [31]. Size-dependent variation was corrected by adjusting with an allometric method as suggested by Elliott et al. [32]:

equation

where M is the original measurement, Madj the size adjusted measurement, L0 the standard length of the fish, Ls the overall mean of standard length for all fish from all samples in each analysis, and b estimated for each character from the observed data as the slope of the regression of log M on log L0 using all fish from each group. The significance of the correlation between the transformed variables and standard length were tested by confirming with the allometric method obtained from the result [33]. Univariate analysis of variance (ANOVA) was executed for 25 morphometric characters in order to evaluate the significant difference among the four locations. In the present study, linear discriminant function analyses (DFA) and principal component analysis (PCA) were employed for the discrimination of four population populations. Principal component analysis which helps in morphometric data reduction [34], in decreasing redundancy among the variables [35] and extracting a number of independent variables for population differentiation [36]. The Wilks’ lamda was used to compare the differences between and among all groups. The DFA was used to estimate the percentage of correctly classified (PCC) fish. PCC was performed for a cross-validation to estimate the expected actual error rates of the classification functions. As a complement to discriminant analysis, morphometric distances among the individuals of the two groups were inferred to cluster analysis [34] by adopting the Euclidean distance as a measure of dissimilarity and the UPGMA (unweighted pair group method with arithmetical average) as the clustering algorithm. All data were analyzed using SPSS version 16.0, Statistica version 8.0 and Excel (Microsoft Office 2013).

Results

After allometric transformation, there was no significant correlation found with the standard length confirming that the size effect was removed from the data. A total of 133 specimens of C. garua were examined for 25 morphometric variables where none of showed insignificant variation (P > 0.05) in univariate analysis of variance among four samples of C. garua (Table 2). The morphometric characters did not differ significantly (P>0.05) between both sexes, hence the data for both sexes were pooled for all subsequent analyses.

The contributions of the variables to principle components (PC) were examined with a view to determining which morphometric measurement most effectively differentiates populations. During this study Bartlett’s Test of sphericity and the Kaiser-Meyer-Olkin (KMO) measure was accomplished to examine the suitability of the data for PCA. The Bartlett’s Test of sphericity tests the hypothesis that the values of the correlation matrix equal to zero (small significance levels support the hypothesis that there are real correlations between the variables), and the KMO measure of sampling adequacy tests whether the partial correlation among variables is sufficiently high [37]. The statistics of KMO generally lies between 0 and 1. Kaiser [38] recommends that the acceptable values of KMO are greater than 0.5 and Field [39] pointed out that between 0.5 and 0.7 are mediocre, between 0.7 and 0.8 are good, and between 0.8 and 0.9 are best suited. In the present study, the value of KMO for the overall matrix is 0.88 and the Bartlett’s Test of sphericity is significant (P < 0.01). The obtained results from KMO and Bartlett’s test suggest that the sampled data are appropriate to proceed further factor analysis procedure.

For 25 morphometric measurements, Principal component analysis extracted two factors with eigen-values > 1, explaining 87.34% of the variance (Figures 2 and 3). During this analysis, an eigenvalues exceeding 1 were included and others discarded for every characteristics. In the principal component analysis, the first principal component (PC I) accounted for 82.41% and was positively correlated with all linear dimensions of size, which indicate that there is size effect on the morphometric characters of analyzed populations (Table 3). The second principal component (PC II) accounted for 4.61% of total variance and was positively correlated to some variables and negatively correlated with others. The most significant loadings on PC1 were LT, LS, LF, LH, HD↓, D2↓, LBD↓, LE1, E2H, E1E2, SnL, LD1, D2S, D, P, V, A, P1P2, V1V2, A1A2, UJL, ML, MnL while D1D2 was loaded to PC2 (Table 4). ‘Eigen-value greater than unity’ method was applied to reduce the number of factors to something below which is the rule for scree test [40]. In this test, scree plot was drawn by using eigen-values against the factors arranged in descending order along the X-axis. Nimalathasan [37] recommended that factor loading greater than 0.30 is considered significant, 0.40 more important, and 0.50 or greater is very significant. According to Mousavi-Sabet and Anvarifar [41], for parsimony, in this study, the factors with loadings were considered significant which were greater than 0.70.

aquaculture-research-development-Schematic

Figure 2: FigureSchematic image of C. garua showing 25 morphometric attributes to infer morphological differences among C. garua populations. Total length (TL); Fork length (FL); Standard Length (SL); Head Length (HL); Head Depth (HD); Highest Body Depth (HBD); Lowest Body Depth (LBD); Pre-orbital Length (PrOL); Post-orbital Length (PsOL); Snout Length (SnL); Pre-dorsal Length (PrDL); Post-dorsal Length (PsDL); Height of Dorsal Fin (HDF); Height of Pectoral Fin (HPF); Height of Ventral Fin (HVF); Height of Anal Fin (HAF); Length of Dorsal Base (LDB); Length of Pectoral Base (LPB); Length of Ventral Base (LVB); Length of Anal Base (LAB); Upper Jaw Length (UJL); Lower Jaw Length (LJL); Maximum Barbell Length (MXBL); Minimum Barbell Length (MNBL).

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Figure 3: Screen plot of principal component in morphometric measurements for C. garua in four coastal rivers.

Factor Eigen-values % of variance Cumulative%
PC1 20.75 82.99 82.99
PC2 1.09 4.35 87.34

Table 3: Eigen values, percentage of variance and percentage of cumulative variance for 2 PC in C. garua morphometric measurements.

 Characters                                     Principle Components
PC 1 PC 2
LT 0.978 0.039
LS 0.987 0.038
LF 0.984 0.033
LH 0.992 -0.029
HD↓ 0.966 0.004
D2↓ 0.965 -0.069
LBD↓ 0.942 -0.059
LE1 0.970 0.012
E2H 0.967 0.004
E1E2 0.715 -0.211
SnL 0.853 -0.262
LD1 0.965 -0.063
D2S 0.963 -0.097
D 0.841 0.375
P 0.967 0.020
V 0.938 0.054
A 0.959 0.062
D1D2 0.430 0.844
P1P2 0.919 -0.051
V1V2 0.908 -0.096
A1A2 0.964 -0.058
UJL 0.956 -0.056
LJL 0.670 -0.235
ML 0.922 0.089
MnL 0.836 0.074
Percent of variance explained 82.99 4.35

Table 4: Component loadings of two principal components for morphometric characters in C. garua collected from coastal rivers.

Wilk’s Æ tests of discriminant analysis showed highly significant differences (P < 0.001) in morphometric characters of all populations (Table 5).

Functions Wilks' Lambda Chi-square df Sig.
1 through 3 0.044 395.924 21 0.000
2 through 3 0.429 106.982 12 0.000
3 0.853 20.072 5 0.001

Table 5: Wilks’ lambda tests (functions 1 through 3) for morphometric C. garua for verifying dissimilarities among four stocks separately compared using discriminant function analysis.

Three discriminant functions (DFs) were formed during the analyses of discriminant function. The first discriminant function (DF I) accounted, the second discriminant function (DF II) and third discriminant function (DF III) accounted for 88.4%, 9.9% and 1.7%, respectively of the total variation (Table 6). The morphometric measurements, LT, LS, LF, LH, HD, D2↓, LBD↓, LE1, E2H, SnL, LD1,D2S, D, P, V, A, D1D2, P1P2, V1V2, A1A2, UJL, ML, MnL were contributed to DF I while E1E2 contributed to DF II (Table 6 and Figure 4), showing that these characters were the most important in distinguishing the population. The DF I vs DF II plot was drawn explaining 98.3% of total variance among the samples (Figure 4). The examined population formed three separate groups and showed intermingling among Andarmanick and Burishwar River stocks (Figure 4). The first group formed from the samples of Andarmanick and Burishwar River while the second and third groups formed from the samples of the Baleswar and Tentulia rivers, respectively (Figure 4). The Baleswar and Tentulia River fish samples showed a clear separation from each other as well as from the samples of others, and recognized the existence of different stocks in these rivers.

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Figure 4: Scatter plot of the 1st 2 canonical discriminant scores from the discriminant function analysis (DFA) for morphometric characters of C. garua collected from the coastal rivers.

  Function
Characters DF I
(88.4%)
DF II
(9.9%)
DF III
(1.7%)
LT 0.848* 0.094 -0.170
LS 0.825* 0.025 -0.127
LF 0.824* 0.048 -0.154
LH 0.660* -0.124 0.100
HD↓ 0.641* -0.393 0.268
D2↓ 0.633* -0.041 -0.018
LBD↓ 0.494* -0.250 0.130
LE1 0.676* -0.183 0.246
E2H 0.716* -0.013 0.178
E1E2 0.201 -0.116 -0.226*
SnL 0.403* -0.088 -0.029
LD1 0.694* -0.156 -0.129
D2S 0.719* 0.091 -0.090
D 0.464* 0.134 0.147
P 0.748* 0.054 0.036
V 0.621* -0.034 0.401
A 0.741* -0.215 -0.053
D1D2 0.169* 0.055 0.019
P1P2 0.546* -0.223 0.042
V1V2 0.497* -0.355 0.013
A1A2 0.742* 0.078 -0.179
UJL 0.657* -0.065 0.125
LJL 0.218* -0.083 0.091
ML 0.492* 0.045 0.189
MnL 0.494* -0.162 0.266

Table 6: Morphometric measurement contributions to discriminant functions of C. garua collected from four coastal rivers of Bangladesh.

The dendrogram (Figure 5) obtained from the cluster analysis based on morphometric characters also confirming the high degree of heterogeneity between the Baleswar and Tentulia river population and the relative homogeneity between the Andarmanick and Burishwar river population.

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Figure 5: FigureDendogram of 25 morphometric based on UPGMA cluster analysis for C. garua in four coastal rivers, Bangladesh.

correct classification of individuals into their original population varied between 66.7% and 97.1% and Cross-validated classification varied between 67.6% and 97.1% by canonical analysis. Discriminant function analysis showed higher values (82.0%) for the overall allotment of individuals into their original populations and the crossvalidation test results were com- parable to the results obtained from PCC (Table 7). The percentage of correctly classified fishes was highest in the Baleswar River (97.1%) followed by Tentulia, Andarmanick and Burishwar River. Misclassification was evident from Andarmanick sampling stations (30.0%).

  Burishwar river Baleswar
river
Andarmanick river Tentulia
river
Total
Original group
Burishwar river 20 1 9 0 30
% 66.7 3.3 30.0 0.0 100.0
Baleswar river 0 34 1 0 35
% 0.0 97.1 2.9 0.0 100.0
Andarmanick river 3 7 24 0 34
% 8.8 20.6 70.6 0.0 100.0
Tentulia river 3 0 0 31 34
% 8.8 0.0 0.0 91.2 100.0
Cross-validated
Burishwar river 19 1 9 1 30
% 63.3 3.3 30.0 3.3 100.0
Baleswar river 0 34 1 0 35
% 0.0 97.1 2.9 0.0 100.0
Andarmanick river 4 7 23 0 34
% 11.8 20.6 67.6 0.0 100.0
Tentulia river 4 0 0 30 34
% 11.8 0.0 0.0 88.2 100.0

Table 7: Results of a discriminant function analysis (DFA) showing the number and percentage of individuals classified into each group for morphometric characters from the original matrix.

Discussion

Fish exhibit higher degrees of variation within and between populations among all vertebrates and morphological variation are more susceptible to different environmental factors [42]. Such variation in morphology is commonly found due to different environmental condition and the isolation of portions of a population within local habitat conditions. Notable variation in phenotypic and genetic may occur among fish populations within a species due to a sufficient degree of isolation, as a result need for separation and management of distinct populations [43]. Such variation can occur through different processes. For example, reproductive isolation between different stocks of fishes may arise by homing to different spawning areas [44], or by hydrographic features that reduce or prevent migration between areas [45]. Failure to recognize or to account for stock complexity in management units has led to an erosion of spawning components, resulting in a loss of genetic diversity and other unknown ecological consequences [15].

The phenotypic variance was observed among the specimen of C. garua revealing the existence of three morphologically discriminated stocks viz., the Andarmanick and Burishwar River population, the Baleshwar River population and the Tentulia River population. The divergence among the samples may be related with phenotypic heterogeneity and geographic distance and showing limited intermingling among the populations of Tentulia River and the Baleshwar River. Fish samples from the Andarmanick and Burishwar River population were morphometrically similar to each other; the extent of overlapping between the populations of Kalapara and Amtali could have been sufficient to prevent morphometric variation between the two samples. The Tentulia samples were highly deviated from the other samples which might be due to the geographic isolation and environmental condition of the river. The four selected Rivers has connection with the Bay of Bengal. Despite having connection, C. garua showed morphometric variations to Baleshwar and Tentulia rivers. Geographical isolation and environmental parameters might be the possible cause for morphological distinction, which could have been impeding the movement of fishes to intermingle with populations of other selected rivers.

Different unbalanced hydrological conditions such as differences in alkalinity, current pattern, temperatures and turbidity of coastal rivers could be a consequence of phenotypic plasticity of fish which might be the possible cause for variation among the stocks of four populations. The nearness between stocks may be due to their homogenous habitat features and to environmental impacts. These variation may be related with genetics or different environmental factors might be influenced the phenotypic plasticity of fish in each area [46,47]. Similar observation was reported by Boussou et al. [48] environmentallyinduced morphological differences were found for Chromidotilapia guntheri among the tributaries of the Tanoe River which were geographically close to each other. Quilang et al. [49] discerned similar observations in silver perch Leiopotherapon plumbeus from three lakes in the Philippines and reported physico-chemical characteristics of the water were responsible for the discrimination.

Phenotypic plasticity and genetic concerns due to the distinct environmental attributes were attributed for these significant difference. Akbarzadeh et al. [50] found morphologically-distinct populations and summarized that these divergence among the sticks may be due to the body shape variation and not to size effects. Similarly in our present findings, morphological dissimilarities within the coastal rivers may be solely related to body shape variation, since allometric transformation were successfully applied to remove the size effect.

For the discrimination of different stocks of the same species, discriminant function analysis (DFA) could be a worthwhile method [51]. In the present study, 82.0% of individuals were correctly classified into their respective groups by DFA which showed intermingling among some of the populations. Silva et al. [22] conducted research on the sardine (Sardina pilchardus) from different areas of the northeastern Atlantic and the western Mediterranean and reported significant morphometric heterogeneity among different populations by applying DFA. PCA were performed partly to confirm the DFA segregation where PC1 and PC2 scores for each sample were used to draw a graphs, showing some overlapping and clear distinct among four coastal population. This analysis confirmed that the variation in morphological measurements was evident in all attributes except LDB among different populations of C. garua. Chaklader et al. [2] also reported similar observations in Polynemus paradiseus from three coastal rivers, where the environmental parameters were played a vital role in spatial distribution, movement and isolation of fish stocks. Sometimes it becomes problematic to expound the causes of morphological variances between populations [1]. Genetics and environment, and their interaction determine the morphological characteristics of fish suggested by Poulet et al., [52]. Environmental factors remain susceptible during the early development stages, when the individual’s phenotype is more influenced by environmental factors [53,54]. Apparently the different location of river impoundments can lead to an enhancement of pre-existing genetic differences, providing a high interpopulation structuring [55]. Therefore, the observed morphological variations in the present study are probably due to genetic differences among the populations.

Conclusion

It may be summarized that C. garua has different stocks in the selected rivers while the two River sampling stations did not demonstrate dissimilarity in the fish stock. These distinction observed in the present study are probably influenced by both genes and environment. Hence, further study is warranted to explore the genetic basis for stock discrimination to corroborate with the present findings. Application of molecular genetic markers such as microsatellite and mtDNA applications along with morphometric studies is highly recommended to further examine the genetic component of phenotypic discreteness between geographic regions which would be effective to facilitate the development of appropriate management strategies in relation to the fishery and conservation of C. garua populations in selected rivers. However based on this morphometric study, our result should be helpful to develop proper guidelines for the implementation of appropriate mesh sizes in all selected rivers of the coastal region, may help in sustaining this resource for future use.

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