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Checklist of ichthyofauna of Madampa-Lake sanctuary in Ambalangoda, Southwest Sri Lanka

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Hareschandra Bandula Jayaneththi

National Zoological Gardens, LK
About Hareschandra Bandula

Young Zoologists’ Association of Sri Lanka

 

Nagenahiru Environmental Education Centre, Ambalangoda

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Abstract

Coastal lagoons provide unique services for many kinds of aquatic and semi aquatic organisms. Madampa-Lake is a brackish water lagoon containing a dynamic mangrove ecosystem complex with extraordinary genetic diversity, which is located in the southwest coastal belt near Ambalangoda city, Galle District. Very little literature is available on the Madampa-Lake’s fish and almost none of them have been published. A preliminary assessment on vertebrates and butterfly fauna was carried out during April 2009 to August 2010, and this article covers ichthyofaunal phase of the survey. Ichthyofauna diversity of Madampa is a combination of salt water (sea), brackish water and fresh water fish and their different life stages. During this study, a total of 49 species (33 families) were recorded, and this included two endemics and five alien species.
How to Cite: Jayaneththi, H.B., (2017). Checklist of ichthyofauna of Madampa-Lake sanctuary in Ambalangoda, Southwest Sri Lanka. Ruhuna Journal of Science. 8(1), pp.55–66. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/rjs.v8i1.26
Published on 28 Jun 2017.
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