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Title:Ichthyology of Nepal: A Study of Fishes of the Himalayan Waters
Author:Tej Kumar Shrestha
Remarks:Colour Photographs, Map, Bibliography, Errata and Index.
Size:140 x 220 mm
This book provides extensive compilation of the pattern of fish diversity in the Himalayan waters of Nepal. It provides an excellent scientific introduction to world’s little known vanishing Ichthyofauna. Set in organized format and very readable text, supplemented with numerous outstanding rare color images never seen before .It is much needed taxonomic aid complete with keys, diagnostic criteria & illustrated descriptions for identification of fish. The author frankly presents river fish issues to planners and developers. All 232 species of fishes are described and illustrated, having numerous outdoor underwater photographs to identify fishes. It also contains compendium of information on fish ecology and behavior. A rare book which can convey the excitement of fish diversity exploration in Himalayas. The purpose of the book is to bring fascinating information to fish watchers, aquarists, and anglers who share enthusiasm and delight in the development of recreational fisheries in ice cold waters of Himalaya. Besides this book present first hand information of species diversity, number, composition and status of fish species found in major ecological hotspots of Nepal. It is a useful field guide to fishery scientists & managers of beyond Nepal (India, Pakistan, Bhutan).
This publication is being brought about by Nepalese publisher with support of Chester Zoo, North of England Zoological Society. The book features colourful photographs of all fishes of Nepal and text covering full description of each species.
Tej Kumar Shrestha was born in Baglung, Dhaulagiri Zone, Nepal. He initially learned his ecology at Tribhuvan University, Nepal, Bhopal University, India and at University of Arkansas, USA. He made field ornithology and ecology as a part of his investigation leading to D.Sc. degree of Bhopal University, India, which was awarded in 1994. This growing interest led him to study wildlife spanning over thirty years. He has held many distinguished positions. He is now Professor of Central Department of Zoology, Tribhuvan University and Visiting Professor of Ecology, Bhopal University, India. He was Head of Central Department of Zoology, Tribhuvan University.
He was Coordinator Wetland and Heritage Program of IUCN, Nepal. He was also Associate Member of Royal Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (RONAST). He is member of British Ornithologists' Union (BOU), World Pheasant Association (WPA), International Association for Ecology (INTECOL), and Society for Ecological Restoration (SER). He was elected as Chartered Biologist and Fellow of Institute of Biology, UK, Fellow of Linnean Society of London, Fellow of Zoological Society of London, Foreign Secretary of Zoological Society of India and Life Member of Bombay Natural History Society of India.
Dr. Shrestha was founder member of Bird Watching Club of Nepal and has been closely associated with wildlife conservation movement of the country for over last two decades. Dr. Shrestha has extensively travelled around Himalayan passes, mountains, rivers and forests of Nepal. He visited USA, Canada, Britain, Germany, Italy, France, Portugal, Finland and New Zealand participating in study tours, expeditions, conferences and lecture tours.
He has contributed scientific papers and articles on wildlife ecology and behaviour in national and international journals. His popular articles have appeared on radio and TV in Nepal and abroad. He is author of fourteen outstanding books on wildlife and natural resources. He serves IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) as a member in different specialist groups.