Freshwater Fishes of Wetlands in San Agustin, Romblon, Philippines

Maria Joana Cristina C. Macalisang

School of Fisheries and Technology, Romblon State University-San Agustin Campus, Cabolutan, San Agustin, Romblon, 5501, Philippines.

Xyrra Jeremiah C. Mazo

School of Fisheries and Technology, Romblon State University-San Agustin Campus, Cabolutan, San Agustin, Romblon, 5501, Philippines.

Jeric B. Gonzalez *

School of Fisheries and Technology, Romblon State University-San Agustin Campus, Cabolutan, San Agustin, Romblon, 5501, Philippines.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

The Philippines is a globally significant hotspot for biological diversity and a center for endemism, but much of the studies are centered on terrestrial and marine biodiversity, and little is known about the diversity and status of freshwater fishes. In Romblon, no research had been conducted formally on these organisms. Thus, this study was realized. This study aimed to assess the freshwater fishes of San Agustin, Romblon using modified hoop net, gill net, scoop net and hook and line on December 2016 to January 2017, and July 2017 to December 2017. There were thirty-one species of freshwater fishes in San Agustin, Romblon which dominantly belonged to order Perciformes. These are common in the stream, irrigation creek and canal. Majority of these fishes are native to the Philippines and are utilized for food by the locals. Most of these species were classified in the Least Concern category by the IUCN Red List. Since the sampling was conducted during the wet season, this study strongly recommends conducting another investigation during the dry season. Biodiversity assessment on freshwater fishes in San Agustin, Romblon should also be done to prove the diversity of the freshwater fish in the area. On the other hand, this study suggests conducting a Tablas-wide study as well as to the other neighboring Island such as Sibuyan, and Romblon Island.

Keywords: Freshwater fish, species composition, utilization, conservation status, wetlands


How to Cite

Macalisang , M. J. C. C., C. Mazo , X. J., & Gonzalez , J. B. (2023). Freshwater Fishes of Wetlands in San Agustin, Romblon, Philippines. UTTAR PRADESH JOURNAL OF ZOOLOGY, 44(15), 55–63. https://doi.org/10.56557/upjoz/2023/v44i153569

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