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Scientific Name: Sperata aor (Hamilton, 1822)
English Name: Long-whiskered Catfish
Bengali Name: Ayre
Availability: Widely distributed within Bangladesh (Rahman 2005) and a number of authors reported the species from the flowing waterbodies: Padma River, Chalan Beel, Barulia Beel, Bangali River, Baral River, River Choto Jamuna, Attrai River, Meghna River and many other rivers.
Habitat and Ecology: A freshwater species inhabits rivers and their tributaries, channels, reservoirs, large beels and occasionally found in ponds and ditches. It is a predatory fish, preys on fishes, shrimps and other bottom dwelling organisms (Rahman 2005, Kibria 2007). The fish digs out 30 to 50 cm deep pit in the bottom of slow moving or virtually stagnant portion of the river or in a beel, baor and haor where it lays eggs and guards the brood for sometime during the breeding season and maintains territory (M.A.R. Khan Pers. comm. pers. obs by the author).
Justification: The species occurs throughout Bangladesh and inhabits most rivers and its tributaries, and its Extent of Occurrence and Area of Occupancy are much higher than the lower thresholds for any threatened category. However, the species shows continued population decline and was previously assessed as Vulnerable (IUCN Red List 2000).
[Source: Red List of Bangladesh, Volume 5: Freshwater Fishes]
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