New book on Freshwater Fish

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A new book on Freshwater Fish of Sri Lanka has been launched few days ago. The book contains more than 300 photographs of all the 92 different Freshwater fish that record in Sri Lanka except for Martinstine’s Goby. 27 Estuarine fish and 23 exotic species. This book is a major publication on country’s Freshwater fish after the book published by Mr.Rohan Pethiyagoda some 20 years ago. The book is an effort of Wildlife Conservation Society of Galle (WCSG) who conducted an island-wide fish survey from 2007. WCSG team had visited every type locality (the place each fish species was first found) to verify their presence at present. Many of the fish could not be found from their type localities, but there are some fish that were recorded from new locations. The book will also contain a map and a note written with conservation of the fish in mind. A new book on Freshwater Fish of Sri Lanka has been launched few days ago. The book contains more than 300 photographs of all the 92 different Freshwater fish that record in Sri Lanka except for Martinstine’s Goby. 27 Estuarine fish and 23 exotic species. This book is a major publication on country’s Freshwater fish after the book published by Mr.Rohan Pethiyagoda some 20 years ago. The book is an effort of Wildlife Conservation Society of Galle (WCSG) who conducted an island-wide fish survey from 2007. WCSG team had visited every type locality (the place each fish species was first found) to verify their presence at present. Many of the fish could not be found from their type localities, but there are some fish that were recorded from new locations. The book will also contain a map and a note written with conservation of the fish in mind.
During their survey, WCSG team sometimes had to dive using scuba gears and on many occasions had to comb the Crocodile infested waters. Photographing the fish was either not an easy task, where they sometimes had to carry the equipment on footpaths in the wild. They also needed to carry mineral water bottles, as the natural water has some sedimentations. But the outcome is a book that has photographs of fish found naturally – there are no aquarium fish in the book according to WCSG. The book contains images taken for the first time for some species such as Blind eel.
A 3 day exhibition associate with the book too will be held starting from 30th.Jan and ending on 1st of February. The Exhibition is open for all and WCSG welcomes all for the exhibition. Queries for the book can be submit to WCSG via email dsmanusha@gmail.com.
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Fish copy

4 Responses to “New book on Freshwater Fish”

  1. M. M. Bahir Says:

    put a post (a comment) on this blog and that is removed (See here pls. https://window2nature.wordpress.com/wp-comments-post.php). This is what I said: I am very outspoken about unethical malpractices carried out in the name of research, conservation, conservation education and knowledge. I have raised these issues several times. Recently published huge book on fresh water fish, (391 pages with over 300 color photographs): “Sri Lankan freshwater fishes”. The authors and the sponsors given quite a lot of publicity in local print media, social media, web and there was an exhibition in Colombo about the book. Book launch was also in a big hotel. In this case, there are many issues about the publication. Firstly, many misinformation, serious taxonomic issues and full of errors in the details of the book itself. Second the intentional omission of names of young field researches who worked to compile information, obtain samples, photographs etc for the publication. Thirdly the mentioning of prominent names even without those persons knowledge in the book to gain recognition. (Eg. The book says, “Mr. Rohan Pethiyagoda, Managing Director WHT and Mr. Dharma Sri Kandambi, former curator of National Maritime Museum, for their continual guidance and supervision throughout this eight year study” I think these authors misuse the kindness of serious researchers.. Eg. 2. They published a photo of Dr. Mourice Kottelat and say something silly on his findings!!). Finally they include several as honorary field researchers. In my opinion, all these to show the readers that this is a classic research publication of eight years of hard work. They advertised that saying “It is a ‘must have’ book for nature enthusiasts, students, wildlife managers and everyone who has an interest in Sri Lankan freshwater fishes”. Obviously, this is very serious. These type of issues need to be brought up, and only I am doing this mainly in open. For this action, one of the authors is now even trying to use influence to threaten and intimidate me into submission.
    It is crazy how these people with influence and connections with politicians, influential people, police etc, can think they can just do what they want even in research and science!!. One of the authors threatened me over the phone in raw filth and gave many racist remarks as well as threatened my life and now is putting an entry in police saying the opposite happened.
    The case that we are talking about is with very serious errors and inaccuracies. Falsified information and plagiarism is also obvious. I think that the authors of this publication mislead all, including taxonomists and scientists.Some of my findings are also in this book as theirs, it is not a serious issue for me. But bad science is bad.. This is neither science nor conservation. Who can say that is good? I read the whole thing with a critical eye. It is very unfortunate to see that the logos of Biodiversity secretariat, UNDP, GEF are also in the book as partners in conservation. Therefore, they should take some responsibility and immediate action on this. It is rather unfortunate to see a publication produced with contributions of at least 39 individuals just turned this way. This include three authors, one editor, two reviewers, three contributors (include a consultant of IUCN Sri Lanka for biodiversity conservation) together with a field research team of 22 (some are honorary field researchers and this is a bad practice in any science). The funding agency, in this case the Nations Trust Bank (Renuka Fernando: Director/CEO of the Nations Trust Bank) in her sponsor’s forward clearly says that this is an eight years research publication. Therefore, it is not a simple issue. Further, she states that “Being a responsible citizen Nations Trust Bank PLC decided few years ago that it will make a conscious effort and contribution to conserve the rich Biodiversity of Sri Lanka”. The regions Ichthyology is in real danger… I think all the bona fide scientists, researchers and conservationists should do something on this. Otherwise, biodiversity research in Sri Lanka will perish.
    It is very unfortunate to see the first author of this publication got a honorary authorship in a revision of Rasboroides and Horadandiya published in the Journal Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters, even they cite that paper erroneously in the book! See the danger now.

  2. M. M. Bahir Says:

    You should not remove the comments that you get Malaka Rodrigo, You should put a comment for the comment that I/others put… I can comment on this page by page if you want! Shall we do that?

  3. M. M. Bahir Says:

    Why don’t you write to Dr. Mourice Kottelat and Mr. Rohan Pethiyagoda and ask about this book? Because the book says that they are the experts in this region!!!! Please don’t remove my comments.

  4. Malaka Rodrigo Says:

    Please note that no comments has been deleted from the blog. Comment start getting appear only after they are approved and I was on leave for Avurudu whole last week having only limited time for administering the blog.

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