Chitala chitala is a knifefish from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan, found in the Brahmaputra, Indus, Ganges and Mahanadi River basins. It is sometimes known as the Indian featherback or Indian knifefish.

Availability: Chitala chitala is described as a widely distributed species in rivers, beels, haors, reservoirs, canals and ponds (Rahman 2005). However, the species is specifically reported from the river Brahmaputra, Jamuna, Padma, Meghna, Someshwari and Kongsho River of Netrokona, Korotoa and Atrai River of Dinajpur, the Surma River of Sylhet, the Kirtonkhola and Shugandha River of Barishal Division. This species has also been recorded from the Kaptai Lake of Rangamati and the Tanguar Haor of Sunamgonj (Hossain and Haque 2005, Rahman and Akhter 2007, Nath et al. 2010, Galib et al. 2013, Ahmed et al. 2015).

Scientific Name: Chitala chitala (Hamilton, 1822)
English Name: Humped Featherback
Bengali Name: Chital/Chitol


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