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Scientific Name: Rita rita (Hamilton, 1822)
English Name: Rita
Bengali Name: Rita
Availability: It is found in Padma River, Arial Kha River, Chalan Beel, Barnai River of Rajshahi, Bangali River of Bogra, Baral River of Natore, River Choto Jamuna, Brahmaputra, Turag River and others.
Habitat and Ecology : This species inhabits both fresh and brackish waters and prefers muddy to clear water (Bhuiyan 1964). It is potamodromous and carnivore in habit. This catfish feeds on insects, molluscs, shrimps, fishes and roots of aquatic plants. It also take putrid carcass or flesh of animals (Alam 2007).
Justification: The species is widely distributed within Bangladesh and its estimated Area of Occupancy and Extent of Occurrence are much higher than the lower thresholds for any threatened category.
[Source: Red List of Bangladesh, Volume 5: Freshwater Fishes]