Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka zoo breeds endangered freshwater fish
Wed, Aug 13, 2014, 11:41 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 13, Colombo: In an effort preserve endangered species of freshwater fish in Sri Lanka, the National Zoological Gardens has taken steps to breed a freshwater fish that is near extinction.

The tropical freshwater fish, commonly called "Dankuda Pethiya" in Sinhala and Blotched Filamented Barb in English (Dawkinsia Srilankensis), will be bred at Dehiwala National Zoo.

Dawkinsia Srilankensis is distinct among other Dawkinsia species due to vertical lines in its body from the front to back and ray fins. The fish is about 9 to 10 cm long.

This fish variety is strictly restricted to Kalu Ganga in the Eastern slopes of Knuckles World Heritage Site. The fish populations are in imminent danger of extinction due to increased use of agrochemicals during the last few years.

The veterinary scientists of the Zoological Department have so far bred over 1,000 of the species. The scientists are now studying the feasibility of releasing the fish into natural habitat.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Contempt of court charges against Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake to be called on March 23
-- [19 minutes ago]
Court grants bail to 58 people arrested in Kataragama
-- [2 hours ago]
Postal voting for Local Government elections begins today
-- [3 hours ago]
Sri Lanka's Hela Clothing ships one millionth garment from its factory in Ethiopia
-- [3 hours ago]
Thailand to assist Sri Lanka's agriculture sector
-- [4 hours ago]
Sri Lanka condemns attack on Kabul Intercontinental Hotel
Economy stabilized amid many challenges - Sri Lanka PM
STF deployed for security of Kataragama, CID to investigate police shooting
Government allocates Rs. 65 billion to develop 'nearest school'
Kataragama returns to normalcy after officer involved in shooting arrested

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.