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Scientific Name: Pangasius pangasius (Hamilton, 1822)
English Name: Pungas, Yellowtail Catfish, Pungas Catfish
Bengali Name: Pangas
Availability: The fish is found in estuaries, large rivers, haors, baors, beels and floodplains throughout Bangladesh (Ahmed 2002, Mohosin 2007, Hossain et al. 2009).
Habitat and Ecology: Pangasius pangasius inhabits freshwaters of the tidal zone as juveniles, moves to brackish water as sub-adults and finally as adults to river mouths and inshore areas. It is potamodromous and voracious,feeds on snails, other mollusks and plants (Rainboth 1996). Usually breeds in the estuary during the rain.
Justification: Pangasius pangasius is one of the uncommonly caught commercial fishes in Bangladesh. It is inferred that its population has been declined by about 50% over the last 20 years due to habitat destruction and over exploitation throughout the country (A. R. Mollah and M. S. Ahmed pers. comm.). Although the Extent of Occurrence (2,17,485 km²) and Area of Occupancy (14,982 km²) exceed the threshold value of the Threatened Category, considering the major threats to its habitats and declining trend in its wild population, it has been assessed as Endangered.
[Source: Red List of Bangladesh, Volume 5: Freshwater Fishes]