WWF survey of the entire range of the Indus River dolphin - 2001
Gill Braulik, WWF-Pakistan

Dataset credit

Gill Braulik, WWF-Pakistan

Contacts

RoleNameOrganization 
Primary contact Gill Braulik WWF-Pakistan
Data entry Connie Kot Duke University

Citation

Abstract

A survey was conducted in March and April 2001, to assess the status of the Indus River dolphin, Platanista gangetica minor, throughout its present range. A total of 1535 km of survey effort was conducted, consisting of 1375 km of the Indus River main channel, 136 km of Indus River secondary channels, and 24 km of the Panjnad River, a tributary of the Indus. The effective range of the Indus dolphin has declined by 80% since 1870. The sum of best group size estimates produced an abundance estimate of 965 dolphins. Extrapolation of encounter rates to unsurveyed channels and application of a correction factor to account for missed dolphins indicates that the metapopulation may number approximately 1,200 individuals. Dolphins occur in five subpopulations separated by irrigation barrages. A pronounced increase in dolphin abundance and encounter rate was observed in each subsequent downstream subpopulation (except the last). The three largest subpopulations were between Chashma and Taunsa. Barrages (84 dolphins; 0.28/km), Taunsa and Guddu Barrages (259 dolphins; 0.74/km) and Guddu and Sukkur Barrages (602 dolphins; 3.60/km). Reasons suggested for the high encounter rate between Guddu and Sukkur Barrages, include high carrying capacity, low levels of anthropogenic threat, effective conservation, and augmentation of the subpopulation by downstream migration of dolphins from upstream.

Purpose

Status Assessment

Supplemental information

Data contains information on both the detection location, which is the location of the boat when a dolphin was sighted, and also an exact location, which was the position of the boat when the dolphins were perpendicular. Exact locations were plotted but detection location was used if an exact location was not available.
BHL are best, high, low estimates of group size. Best estimates were used for the observed count.
Actual survey tracks followed the winding pattern of the Indus River. Tracks presented here are very approximate straight-line visual representations of the actual track. These visually indicate which river sections were surveyed but should not be used for any analysis.

References

Braulik G.T., A.P. Reichert, T. Ehsan, S. Khan, S.P. Northridge, J.S. Alexander and R. Garstang. 2012. Habitat use by a freshwater dolphin in the low-water season. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 22:533-546.

Attributes

Overview

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Attributes in dataset provided

Attribute (table column)Description
oidUnique ID (generated by OBIS-SEAMAP)
recidRecord ID (generated by OBIS-SEAMAP)
obs_dateDate of observation
idId
sightno
sp_obsSpecies observed
sp_tsnSpecies ITIS TSN
detwypnt
dettime
latitudeLatitude of sighting (detection or exact location)
longitudeLongitude in decimal degrees (detection or exact location)
detx
dety
exact
exactwypnt
obs_timeTime of observation
exacttime
exactx
exacty
obs_countNumber of animals
b
h
l
calves
notesNotes of when best estimate was not available and 1 was used; notes of when exact location was not available and detection location was used.
OBIS-SEAMAP ID848
Seabirds0
Marine mammals364
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Total364
Date, Begin2001-03-13
Date, End2001-04-27
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude25.51 - 32.78
Longitude68.20 - 71.41
Coord. prec.6 decimal digits
PlatformBoat
Data typeAnimal sighting
EffortYES (ID: 849)
Traveled (km)1,069
Effort hours285
Registered2012-06-07
Updated2012-12-06
StatusPublished
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