Chagunius chagunio (Hamilton, 1822)
photo by Hossain, M.A.R.

Family:  Cyprinidae (Minnows or carps), subfamily: Smiliogastrinae
Max. size:  50 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; freshwater; pH range: 8, potamodromous
Distribution:  Asia: India (Ref. 4832), Bangladesh (Ref. 1479) and Nepal (Ref. 6351).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-13; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 8-8. Body depth slightly more than head length; mouth narrow and subterminal; 2 pairs barbels, longer than orbit; eye-diameter 5 to 6.5 times in head; dorsal spine strong and serrated, the denticles strong and recurved; scales small, transverse scale-rows 11/9, circumferential scales 40-44; tubercles on snout and cheeks of females smaller than those of males (Ref. 4832).
Biology:  Adults inhabit large rivers with rocky bottoms, clear and fast water and little or no vegetation. Made into fish paste (Ref. 4832).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 22 January 2010 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 19.05.96
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 07.05.12

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