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Scientific Name: Otolithoides pama (Hamilton, 1822)
English Name: Pama Croaker, Pama
Bengali Name: Poa
Availability:The species occurs in southern estuaries areas of the Bay of Bengal and their inter-tidal rivers to far inland freshwater parts of these rivers and tributaries lying at the south-east, south-west and central to north-west parts of Bangladesh (Fawzia et al. 2013, Mohsin et al. 2013).
Habitat and Ecology: Planktivorous in habit, feeds on both phyto- and zooplankton throughout its life (Alam 2007).Amphidromous. Frequently visit within the estuary to inter-tidal brackish water parts of the rivers. Occasionally move to freshwater parts of these rivers and tributaries. Primarily estuary to all the brackish water inter-tidal rivers in southern region, while, in monsoon to postmonsoon seasons also reported in the central to north western rivers of Bangladesh (Fawzia et al. 2013, Mohsin et al. 2013).
Justification: Otolithoides pama is widely distributed throughout the coastal region, including estuaries and tidal rivers of Bangladesh. It is the commonest species among other croakers available in the country and contributes significantly to in commercial catches. As a wide spread species with no known threat, it is assessed as Least Concern.
[Source: Red List of Bangladesh, Volume 5: Freshwater Fishes]