Trichogaster chuna 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Osphronemidae

Scientific Name: Trichogaster chuna
Species Authority: (Hamilton, 1822)
Taxonomic Notes: Hamilton (1822) described Trichopodus chuna from Ganges River.  Now the species is under Trichogaster (Tofper and Schindler 2009).

Hamilton described male and female of this species under two different species T. chuna, and T. sota.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-10-12
Assessor(s): Vishwanath, W.
Reviewer(s): Britz, R., Datta, N.C., Dey, S.C., Jha, B.R. & Allen, D.J.
Contributor(s): Molur, S.

Since Trichogaster chuna is widely distributed and without significant threats, it is assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Trichogaster chuna is known from Gangetic provinces, and from Assam, and Manipur in India, and from Nepal and Bangladesh. It appears to be a low altitude species.
Countries occurrence:
Bangladesh; India (Assam, Manipur, West Bengal); Nepal
Continuing decline in extent of occurrence (EOO):Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in extent of occurrence (EOO):Unknown
Number of Locations:2
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]


There is no information on the population and its trends for this species, but survey data suggests that it is relatively widespread and common.

Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Continuing decline of mature individuals:Unknown
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:

Most species has been found in pools, ditches, innundated fields, ponds and beels.  Occurs in rivers and lakes with vegetation.

Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:No

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This is a not an uncommon species; of no interest to fisheries, but is included in the aquarium trade.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

Level of collection for the aquarium trade varies, but the threats to this species remain unknown.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

There are no current threats, but the level of collection for the aquarium trade should be monitored.

Classifications [top]

5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.1. Wetlands (inland) - Permanent Rivers/Streams/Creeks (includes waterfalls)
suitability: Suitable  major importance:Yes
5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.3. Wetlands (inland) - Shrub Dominated Wetlands
suitability: Suitable  major importance:Yes
5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.4. Wetlands (inland) - Bogs, Marshes, Swamps, Fens, Peatlands
suitability: Suitable  major importance:Yes
5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.5. Wetlands (inland) - Permanent Freshwater Lakes (over 8ha)
suitability: Suitable  major importance:Yes
1. Land/water protection -> 1.1. Site/area protection
2. Land/water management -> 2.1. Site/area management
3. Species management -> 3.4. Ex-situ conservation -> 3.4.1. Captive breeding/artificial propagation

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
  Action Recovery plan:No
  Systematic monitoring scheme:No
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
  Conservation sites identified:Yes, over part of range
  Occur in at least one PA:Unknown
  Area based regional management plan:No
  Invasive species control or prevention:Not Applicable
In-Place Species Management
  Harvest management plan:No
  Successfully reintroduced or introduced beningly:No
  Subject to ex-situ conservation:No
In-Place Education
  Subject to recent education and awareness programmes:No
  Included in international legislation:No
  Subject to any international management/trade controls:No
1. Research -> 1.2. Population size, distribution & trends
1. Research -> 1.3. Life history & ecology
1. Research -> 1.5. Threats
3. Monitoring -> 3.2. Harvest level trends
3. Monitoring -> 3.3. Trade trends

♦  Pets/display animals, horticulture
 National : ✓  International : ✓ 

Bibliography [top]

Hamilton, F. 1822. An account of the fishes found in the river Ganges and its branches. Constable and Co, Edinburgh, UK.

IUCN. 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2010.4). Available at: (Accessed: 27 October 2010).

Menon, A.G.K. 1999. Check list - fresh water fishes of India..

Topfer, J.andSchindler, I. 2009. On the type species of Trichopodus (Teleostei: Perciformes: Osphronemidae. Vertebrate Zoology 59(1): 49-51.

Citation: Vishwanath, W. 2010. Trichogaster chuna. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T166450A6211667. . Downloaded on 28 November 2015.
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