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Present Status of Marine Puffer Fishes in Bangladesh

Shamsuzzaman MM, Rashid AHA, Mamun MAA, Mazumder SK and Haque MA

The study was conducted to create a checklist of available species of marine puffer fishes of Bangladesh. Cox’s Bazar was selected as the study area as common marine fish landing stations are situated there. The study was conducted for a period of one year form July 2011 to June 2012. Puffers were sampled form the fishing vessels on landing stations after return from the sea and also form the local fish markets in four seasons viz. winter, pre-monsoon, monsoon and post monsoon. Most of the fishes were much abundant in the winter season than that of other seasons. After the completion of the study, a total of nine marine puffer fish species were found as- Takifugu poecilonotus, Chelonodon laticeps, Takifugu oblongus, Arothron stellatus, Lagocephalus lunaris, Takifugu vermicularis, Arothron Leopardus, Lagocephalus sceleratus and Arothron immaculatus. The most abundant species was Takifugu vermicularis followed by Lagocephalus lunaris while the lowest abundance was observed for Takifugu poecilonotus.