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Scientific Name: Mystus bleekeri (Day, 1865)
English Name: Bleeker’s Mystus
Bengali Name: Gulsha Tengra
Availability: It is found in freshwater rivers. From there it often moves into other connected natural water bodies laying in the north-west to north and south-eastern districts of Bangladesh with monsoon floodwaters. Occasionally, it ventures into estuarine waters (Rahman and Akhter 2007).
Habitat and Ecology: The fish is potamodromous in habitat within rivers and connected natural water bodies of sandy to muddy bottom. It is preferably carnivorous in habit, feeds on insect larvae, zooplankton and small fishes but may take detritus to supplement natural foods and thereby help to control water pollution (Rahman and Akhter 2007).
Justification: Mystus bleekeri is assessed at Least Concern, because the species is still relatively widespread and the present level of exploitation is not deemed high enough to be a threat to long-term existence of this species. Simultaneously, the Extent of Occurrence, 1,35,013.68 km2 and Area of Occupancy, 4,122.93 km2 are far above the threshold for Vulnerable. Furthermore, no specific threats so far been identified as well no numerical data refer to continuing decline or extreme fluctuation in the mature individuals and their population size are available at the exploitation and marketing levels to justify any of the stated Threatened categories.
[Source: Red List of Bangladesh, Volume 5: Freshwater Fishes]