Asexual reproduction was observed in H.atra and H.pardalis during 20th November 2019 to 20th February 2020. Asexual reproduction is a common phenomena in sea cucumbers (class Holothuroidea) and organisms are capable of regenerating completely or partially after fission and evisceration. The present research is a first attempt/trial on induce asexual reproduction in H.atra and H. pardalis under the laboratory conditions in Pakistan. The induced asexual reproduction is of high significance in aquaculture of holothuria and could lead towards commercial production. During the last two decades sea cucumber fishing showed a trend of overexploitation because they are easy to catch besides high market demand. Many countries including Australia, Papua New Guinea, Mauritius and Venezuela have imposed prohibition on sea cucmber fishing due to depletion of population in wild. The findings from present research will be substantive addidtion to the knowledge in the field of aquaculture and will be valuable to marine scientist and aquaculturist in their future research.
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