Mathews Plamoottil

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Academic Level
PhD
Position
Department Chair
Working Sector
Secondary School / College / University
Highest Degree
Ph. D.
Discipline
Life Sciences: Zoology
Reseach Topic
Freshwater Fish Taxonomy
Publications

Research articles Published by Mathews Plamoottil from 2012 onwards
1. Plamoottil, M. & Abraham, N. P, 2012, Glyptothorax elankadensis, a new species of sisorid fish from Manimala River, Kerala, India. Biosystematica, 6 (2): 17- 25.
2. Plamoottil, M. 2013. Rediscovery of Pristolepis marginata Jerdon (Teleostei: Percomorpha: Pristolepididae) after one and a half century Research Journal of Animal, Veterinary and Fishery Sciences, 1 (7): 1-5.
3. Plamoottil, M & Abraham, N. P. 2013a. Mystus menoni, a new fish species from Kerala, India. International Journal of Pure and Applied Zoology, 2013, 1(4): 315-325.
4. Plamoottil, M. & Abraham, N. P. 2013b. Mystus indicus and M. heoki, two new cat fishes from Kerala, India. Biosystematica, 2013, 7(1): 43-58.
5. Plamoottil, M. and Abraham, N. P. 2013c. Rediscovery of Pristolepis malabarica after one and half century. Journal of Advanced Zoology, 34 (1): 28- 35.
6. Plamoottil, M. & Abraham, N. P. 2013d. Horabagrus melanosoma, a new fish species (Actinopterygii: Siluriformes) from Kerala, India, International Journal of Pure and Applied Zoology, 1 (4): 280-288.
7. Plamoottil, M. & Abraham, N. P. 2013e. Puntius viridis a new fish species from Kerala, India, Journal of Research in Biology, 3 (7): 1093- 1104.
8. Plamoottil, M. & Abraham, N. P. 2013f. Rediscovery of Mastacembelus malabaricus after one and Half Century. Research Journal of Animal, Veterinary and Fishery Sciences, 1(8), 6-11.
9. Plamoottil, M & Abraham, N. P, 2013`g. Indigenous fishing methods of Manimala River, Kerala, India, Journal of Advanced Zoology, 92- 102.
10. Plamoottil, M & Abraham, N. P, 2014a, Macrognathus fasciatus (Synbranchiformes; Mastacembelidae), a new fish species from Kerala, India. Journal of Experimental Zoology, 17: 49-54.
11. Plamoottil, M & Abraham, N. P, 2014b, Macrognathus albus, a new fish species from Kerala, India, International Journal of Pure and Applied Zoology, 2 (2): 100-105.
12. Plamoottil, M. & Abraham, N. P. 2014c, Mystus keralai, a new fish species from Kerala, India, International Journal of Pure and Applied Zoology, 2 (3): 196-205.
13. Plamoottil, M. & Abraham, N. P. 2014d. Rediscovery and redescription of Mystus armatus Day. International Journal of Research in Fisheries and Aquaculture, 2014; 4(1): 18-21.
14. Plamoottil, M. 2014. Pristolepis pentacantha, a new species of fish from Kerala, India, International Journal of Scientific Research, 3 (5): 552- 554.
15. Plamoottil, M. 2014, Puntius nigronotus, a new fish species from Kerala, India, Journal of research in Biology, 4 (2): 1581-1588.
16. Plamoottil, M. 2014. Puntius nelsoni, Systomus chryseus and S. rufus three new fish species from Kerala, India. IJFBS 2014; 1 (6): 135-145.
17. Plamoottil, M, 2015, Ichthyodiversity of Manimala River of Kerala, India. Journal of Zoology and Bioscience Research, 2 (2): 26-34.
18. Plamoottil, M & Abraham, George, S. 2014. Development of molecular markers for the study of fish fauna of Manimala River, Int. J. Biol. Technology, 5 (3):1-6.
19. Plamoottil, M. 2015, Puntius dolichopterus, a new fish species from Kerala, India. IJPAZ, 226-231.

20. Plamoottil, M. Batasio flavus, a new catish from Kerala, India. JRB, 3 (5): 74- 76.
21. Plamoottil, M. 2015. Taxonomic Notes on the exotic fishes of Manimala River. J. Ent. Zool. Stud. 3(5): 1799-1808.
22. Plamoottil, M. 2016. Mystus catapogon, a new fish species from Kerala, India. Journal of Research in Biology, 6 (2): 1967– 1976|

23. Plamoottil, M. 2015. Taxonomic notes on the catfishes of central Travancore. J. Bio Sci. Zool. Stud. 2 (3): 6- 17.
24. Systematic notes on the hill stream cyprinid fishes of Manimala River, Kerala, India, Under review.
25. Plamoottil, M. 2015. Validation of Pristolepis pentacantha Plamoottil, 2014. International Journal of Pure and Applied Zoology, 3 (2): 142- 143.
26. Plamoottil, M. 2016. Systematic Accounts on Percoid fishes of Manimala River, Travancore. International Journal of Zoology, Under Review
27. Plamoottil, M. 2016. Taxonomic Notes on some cultivable fishes of South India, Bio bulletin, Submitted.
28. On some destructive fishing methods of Travancore. Submitted.

Prizes / Awards

Received Best Researcher Award of Kerala (India) State Government Biodiversity Board during 2015

Research Tags
Biology, Zoology, Taxonomy, Ichthyology, New Discovery, Scientific naming
Bio

BIO DATA
Name : MATHEWS PLAMOOTTIL
Date of Birth: 21.03.1975
Home Address: Plamoottil, Pallarimangalam P.O, Thadathilal, Mavelikkara, aleppey Dt, Kerala.
Phone: 9447059690
E mail: mathewsplamoottil@gmail.com
Designation: Head of the Department & Assistant Professor in Zoology
Institution: Department of Zoology, Baby John Memorial Govt. College, Chavara, Kollam, Kerala, India
Education: MSc (University Rank), CSIR- UGC NET, PhD
Title of PhD: Fishery resource Potential of Manimala River, Kerala, India
Specialization: Taxonomy and diversity of Indian freshwater fishes; discovery and description of new fishes.
Contributions:
1. Discovered, described and gave scientific name to 17 new fishes (These scientific names have received Zoo bank Reg. No. from International Commission of Zoological Nomenclature, the official authority for naming animals). (Of these new species of Mystus, Systomus and Macrognathus were discovered after one and a half century from Kerala)
2. Rediscovered 4 fishes after one and a half century
3. Type specimens of 17 new fishes discovered by this researcher are deposited in Govt. Museums of India. These are useful for other scientists for conducting researcher works on these and other related fish species.
4. 59 Topotypic fish specimens collected and identified by this researcher are now deposited in Govt. Museums; these are useful for other scientists for conducting researcher works on these and other related fish species (Details attached).
5. Received Gen bank Accession numbers for 23 species of fishes (Details attached).
6. Reviewer and Associate editor of 14 Scientific Journals and Advisory Board member of 12 international Scientific Journals (Details attached)
7. Wrote and Published 28 research articles in various international Scientific Journals. (Both First Author and Corresponding author in all these articles; details attached)
8. Cleared the confusion and ambiguity existed in the various species of Mystus, Pristolepis and Mastacembelus genera (details attached).
9. All the new fishes (17) and rediscovered fishes (4) of Mathews Plamoottil are available in various world famous web sites such as Fish Base , Wikipedia, Wikispecies, Wikiwand etc; these are useful for students, researchers and scientists all over the world (Details attached).
10. Various relevant news about the new findings of Mathews Plamoottil had been published in various Malayalam, English and Foreign New s Papers; all these are useful for science students and also for common man (Details attached).
11. Govt. of India published a book named “Animal Discoveries 2014”. It contains new animals discovered and named in India during 2014. It describes 21 freshwater fishes; of this 7 (30.4 %) were the fishes discovered and named by Mathews Plamoottil. 60 % of fishes described in “Animal Discoveries 2013” were also of Mathews Plamoottil.
12. Mathews Plamoottil was awarded best Researcher Award of Biodiversity Board of Kerala Govt. during the year 2015- 16. Hon. Minister Sri. Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan Presented the Award at Kottayam Nehru Stadium on 19th March 2016. On 28 March 2016 Sri. Nandakumar IAS, the Hon. Director of collegiate Education of Kerala Govt. appreciated the findings of Mathews Plamoottil and awarded a Prize. In 2013 Sri. Shibu Baby John, the Hon. Labour Minister of Kerala Govt. presented a Prize to Mathews Plamoottil recognizing his findings.
13. Life Member, Applied Zoologists Research Association, India.
Member, International Society of Zoological Sciences, China
Member, International Society for Environmental Information Sciences, Saskatchewan, Canada
Member, International Society for Infectious Diseases, Brookline, Massachusetts USA.
Member, International Journal of Advanced Biological Research
Life Member, Social Environmental and Biological Association, Kolkata
Member, Society for Science and Nature, Lucknow, UP

Impact of Mathews Plamoottil’s Research Works
Mathews Plamoottil, is a freshwater fish taxonomist conducting taxonomic research works on the freshwater fishes of Kerala. It is through extensive travelling and collecting all types of fishes from high level to low level regions of the rivers which are under consideration of research and by examining and analyzing their meristic and morphometric details and by comparing with their congeners residing in the water bodies of India. He could collect many rare fishes from the water bodies of Kerala. His many rare freshwater fish specimens are deposited in the museums of Zoological Survey of India at Kozhikode, Kolkata and Andamans and Nicobar Islands; of these specimens, 17 species are type species with valid registration numbers of the museum and Zoobank reg. no received from International Commission of Zoological Nomenclature. Mathews Plamoottil discovered, gave scientific name and described 17 new fishes. He is the Kerala born researcher who has discovered and named more number of fishes from water bodies of Kerala. His new fishes are Glyptothotax elankadensis, Horabagrus melanosoma, Mystus indicus, M. keralai, M. heoki, M. menoni, M. catapogon, Macrognathus fasciatus, M. albus, Puntius viridis, P. nelsoni, P. nigronotus, P. dolichopterus, Systomus chryseus, S. rufus, Pristolepis pentacantha and Batasio flavus. Glyptothorax elankadensis is the first species of the genus Glyptothorax described from south of Palakkad in Kerala. Horabagrus melanosoma is the first species of genus Horabagrus discovered, named and described by an Indian researcher. Four new species of Mystus was discovered, named and described by Mathews Plamoottil namely Mystus indicus, M. keralai, M. heoki and M.menoni. It is important in the fact that it was the first time a new species of genus Mystus was discovered from the water bodies of Kerala after 1865 when Francis Day discovered Mystus armatus from Kerala. A confusion had conquered the minds of many Indian and foreign taxonomists regarding the identity of many Mystus species which had been discovered and described by the foreign scientists from the water bodies of Kerala. Due to this difficulty they dared not to conduct taxonomic studies on any species of Mystus. Mathews Plamoottil could collect all Mystus species of Kerala, that too from their type localities, and eradicated the confusion existed on the species. Steven Grant (1999, 2010) erroneously renamed ‘Hara malabarica’ as Mystus canarensis based on his collection from Wayanad. But Mathews Plamoottil collected original specimens of ‘Hara malabarica’ from Mundakkayam and proved the neotype designation of Grantas invalid. New species Macognathus fasciatus and M. albus are also remarkable by the fact that species of this genus was discovered after one and half century. Systomus species discovered and named by Mathews Plamoottil also peculiar in thea bove fact. Pristolepis pentacantha is unique in the possession of 5 anal spines and 16 dorsal spines. It was the first time a peculiar Pristolepis with 5 anal spines and 16 dorsal spines was discovered. Mathews Plamoottil rediscovered and redescribed 4 fishes after one and a half century;mthey are Pristolepis marginata, P. malabarica, Mastacembelus malabaricus and Mystus amatus. It was believed for the last one and a half century that Pristolepis maginata is a percoid fish with only three anal spines; it is because no one could find a Pristolepis species with more than three anal spines. But Jerdon (1849) who described it mentioned that it bears four spines. Mathews Plamoottil could rediscover and redescribe the four anal spined original Pristolepis maginata from Mananthavady River of Wayanad. Many specimens of Pristolepis marginata are now deposited, by this researcher, in the museum of Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata, the national museum of India. Another hurdle faced by the researchers conducting studies on the genus Pristolepis was their inability to find original Pristolepis malabarica as firstly described by Guenther. More over it was originally described from only one specimen collected from Kerala. Due to this reason, it was believed that Pristolepis malabarica is a synonym of Pristolepis marginata. Mathews Plamoottil could rediscover many specimens of Pristolepis malabarica fromMundakkayam of Manimala River of Kottayam district of Kerala and redescribed P. malabarica and resurrected it from its synonymy with P. marginata. Many specimens of Pristolepis malabarica has now deposited by this researcher in the ZSI museum at Kolkata. MathewsPlamoottil was also able to rediscover and redescribe Mystus amatus. It was believed that Mystus armatus was a synonym of M. oculatus as the latter shows many similarities to the former. This researcher could collect both these species from their type localities in Karavannoor River and after careful examination and analysis Mystus armatus was resurrected from its synonymy with M. oculatus. Both these species have been now deposited in ZSI museum at Kolkata. This researcher could also rediscover and redescribe Mastacembelus malabaricus. It was made by its collection from Kabani River of Wayanad. He also renamed it as Mastacembelus malabaricus from Macrognathus malabaricus. Taxonomy studies are being continued by this researcher.

General and Contact Information

Title
Dr.
First Name
Mathews
Last Name
Plamoottil
Date of Birth
21/03/1975
Country of Origin
India
Country of Residence
India
City
Kollam, Kerala
Languages
English, Malayalam

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