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Fish are a paraphyletic group of organisms that consist of all gill-bearingaquatic vertebrate (or craniate) animals that lack limbs with digits. Periyar Lake is home to a wide variety of freshwater fish species, many of them endemic to the Periyar landscape and to the Western Ghats. Local tribal communities are also dependant on a number of species for consumption, and fishing is permitted to a limited extent within the buffer zone of the Reserve. The full checklist of fish species found in Periyar Tiger Reserve is given below  

Sl No Image Common Name Scientific Name
  Barilius bakeri 
Bullseye/ Great snakehead  Channa marulius 
Filament barb  Puntius filamentosus 
Snakehead murrel  Channa striata 
Travancore loach  Travancoria jonesi  
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