Blue Finned Mahseer – UPSC Prelims

  • Blue Finned Mahseer is a freshwater fish. It is also known as Deccan Mahseer or Tor Khudree.
  • It is one of the sub-species of Mahseer.
  • IUCN Status: Least Concern (LC)
  • Features: It is a silvery-bluish coloured fish with blood-red fins or fins tipped with a bluish tinge.
  • Indicator species: Blue finned Mahseer is very sensitive to dissolved oxygen levels, water temperature and sudden climatic changes. It just cannot bear pollution.
  • Hence, it acts as an indicator of ecosystem health because its prime requirement is a clean and pure environment.
  • Diet: The fish feeds on plants, fruits, insects, shrimps and molluscs and may be grown in ponds. They are also predatory and prey on smaller mahseer.
  • Habitat: Blue Finned Mahseer is found in the Mula-Mutha River close to the Indian city of Pune, a part of the Krishna River basin. It is also found in other rivers of the Deccan Plateau.
  • The species is migratory and moves upstream during rains.

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