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Anvar Ali

After completing my Master’s Degree in Industrial Fisheries from the Cochin University of Science and Technology (Kochi-India), I was a research fellow at the Division of Biodiversity & Conservation Biology, Department of Zoology, University of Kerala working on a project that examined conservation measures for two endemic and endangered freshwater catfishes. I subsequently got a job with the Kerala Government Brackishwater Fish Farmers Development Agency, as an Aquaculture Expert, where I am currently based.  I am one of the co-founders of CRGCS and have been active in the research and outreach activities conducted at the center.
My research interests are in taxonomy, biology and biogeography of freshwater fishes. I currently involve in several projects related to freshwater fish conservation that are being carried out at CRGCS.

Selected Recent Publications
K. Krishnakumar, R. Raghavan, G. Prasad, A. Bijukumar, M. Sekharan, B. Pereira & A. Ali. 2009 When pets become pests! Exotic aquarium fishes and biological invasions in Kerala, India Current Science 97(4): 474-476

R. Raghavan, G. Prasad, A. Ali, B. Pereira & L. Sujarittanonta 2009Damsel in distress – the tale of Miss Kerala, Puntius denisonii (Day) an endemic and endangered cyprinid of Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot, India Aquatic Conservation – Marine and Freshwater ecosystems 19(1): 67-74

R. Raghavan, G. Prasad, A. Ali & B. Pereira 2008Fish fauna of River Chalakudy part of Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot (South India) – patterns of distribution, threats and conservation needs Biodiversity and Conservation 17: 3119- 3131

R. Raghavan, G. Prasad, A. Ali & B. Pereira 2008 Exotic fishes in a global biodiversity hotspot- a case study from River Chalakudy, part of Western Ghats, Kerala, India Biological Invasion 10 (1): 37-40

A .Ali, G. Prasad, RC. Lakshmi, NK. Balasubramaniam & R. Raghavan 2008Weight – length relationship of the Asian sun catfish Horabagrus brachysoma (Gunther, 1864) (Siluriformes: Horabagridae) from the Western Ghats rivers of Kerala, S. India Acta Ichthyologica et Piscatoria. 38(1): 41-44

G. Prasad, A. Ali & R. Raghavan 2008Threatened Fishes of the World: Puntius denisonii Day (Cyprinidae) Environmental Biology of Fishes 83(2): 189-190

G. Prasad, A. Ali & R. Raghavan 2008 Threatened Fishes of the World: Horabagrus nigricollaris (Pethiyagoda & Kottelat) Environmental Biology of Fishes 82: 109-110

G. Prasad & A. Ali 2008. Morphology of the diet in the gut of threatened yellow catfish Horabagrus brachysoma (Gunther 1864) at two life stages. Fish Physiology and Biochemistry 34(4): 385-389. 

R. Raghavan, M. Tlusty, G. Prasad, B. Pereira, A. Ali & L. Sujarittanonta 2007. Should endemic and threatened ornamental fishes of Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot be captive bred for international trade? Current Science 93(9): 1211-1213

R. Raghavan,G. Prasad, A. Ali & L. Sujarittanonta. 2007. ‘Boom and Bust Fishery’ in a Biodiversity Hotspot – Is the Western Ghats (South India) losing its most celebrated ornamental fish, Puntius denisonii, Day? Current Science 92(12): 1671-1672

R. Raghavan, A. Ali & G. Prasad 2007. Need for a re-assessment of the conservation status of critically endangered (?) fishes of Kerala Current Science 92(6): 721-723

A. Ali, R. Raghavan & G. Prasad. 2007. Threatened Fishes of the World: Horabagrus brachysoma (Gunther) (Bagridae). Environmental Biology of Fishes 78 (3): 221. DOI:10.1007/s10641-006-0022-4

A. Ali and G. Prasad 2007 Bionomics of a critically endangered and endemic catfish, Horabagrus nigricollaris from its type locality in Kerala Journal of Bombay Natural History Society, 104(2): 167-171.

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