Chitala ornata 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Osteoglossiformes Notopteridae

Scientific Name: Chitala ornata (Gray, 1831)
Common Name(s):
English Ocellated Featherback, Clown featherback fish, Clown knifefish, Spotted knifefish
Notopterus chitala (Hamilton 1822)
Notopterus ornatus Gray 1831

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2010-03-16
Assessor(s): Vidthayanon, C.
Reviewer(s): Allen, D. & Smith, K.
Contributor(s): Fisher, J.
The species has a wide distribution the from Mae Klong in Thailand eastward to the Mekong basin. It has been introduced to Myanmar and the Philippines for aquaculture and is heavily utilised from the wild. However at present there is no evidence of widespread population declines and it is assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:The species occurs from the Mae Klong in Thailand eastward to the Mekong basin (Thailand, Lao PDR, Viet Nam, Cambodia). It has been introduced to Myanmar and the Philippines for aquaculture.
Countries occurrence:
Cambodia; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Thailand; Viet Nam
Myanmar; Philippines
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Population [top]

Population:This species is common throughout its range.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species inhabits lowland river mainstreams and tributaries including floodplains, marshland and larger waterbodies. It is well-adaptive to impounded waters. Feeds in mainstream and the Sesan tributary system, lives in deep pools of mainstreams. 'Black' seasonal movement, moving from river channels into seasonally flooded areas (Poulsen et al. 2004).
Movement patterns:Full Migrant

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: It is a popularly consumed, fished at large and small scales, and found in aquaculture. Juveniles are popular in the aquarium trade and large fish are popular for public aquaria. In Thailand, it is often used in food products.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Overfishing and habitat degradation are potential threats to the species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Research is needed into the impacts of harvesting.

Citation: Vidthayanon, C. 2012. Chitala ornata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T181056A1693604. . Downloaded on 25 May 2018.
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