An overview of fishes of the Sundarbans, Bangladesh and their present conservation status: Fishes Checklist

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Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest of the world is located in Bangladesh and India. Studies done on the diversity of fish fauna in the Sundarbans mangrove forest of Bangladesh are sparse and patchy. Here we take the opportunity to provide an updated checklist of the fishes of the Sundarbans, Bangladesh based on primary and secondary data. Field surveys were undertaken in the aquatic habitat of Sundarbans core area along with its adjacent marine habitat from June 2015 to July 2017. Based on published information and primary observations the updated list of fishes covers a total of 322 species belonging to 217 genera, 96 families, and 22 orders. Additionally, four species of fishes, are newly reported in Bangladesh waters, viz., Mustelus mosis Hemprich & Ehrenberg, 1899; Lagocephalus guentheri Miranda Ribeiro, 1915; Carangoides hedlandensis Whitley, 1934; Uranoscopus cognatus Cantor, 1849. The global IUCN Red List status of each species has been enlisted. The updated checklist will constitute the reference inventory of fish biodiversity for the Sundarbans, a natural world heritage site.

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Habib K A, Neogi A K, Nahar N, Oh J, Lee Y, Kim C, Earl C (2023). An overview of fishes of the Sundarbans, Bangladesh and their present conservation status: Fishes Checklist. Version 2.0. OBIS Secretariat. Occurrence dataset. https://doi.org/10.25607/mqut2a


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Kazi Ahsan Habib
  • Originator
Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University
Amit Kumer Neogi
  • Originator
Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University
Najmun Nahar
  • Originator
Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University
Jina Oh
  • Originator
Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology
Youn-Ho Lee
  • Originator
Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology
Choong-Gon Kim
  • Originator
Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology
Chandra Earl
  • Metadata Provider
  • Processor
eDNA Scientific Officer
OBIS Secretariat
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Geographic Coverage

Indian Sundarbans

Bounding Coordinates South West [21.716, 88.716], North East [22.194, 89.06]

Taxonomic Coverage


Superclass Agnatha
Unranked Chondrichthyes, Osteichthyes

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2015-06-01 / 2017-07-31

Sampling Methods

No Description available

Method step description:

  1. See Github Project and R Notebook for dataset construction methods

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Habib KA, Neogi AN, Nahar N, Oh J and Lee Y. (2020). An overview of fishes of the Sundarbans, Bangladesh and their present conservation status. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 12. 15154–15172. https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.4893.12.1.15154-15172

Additional Metadata

marine, harvested by iOBIS

Purpose These data were made accessible through UNESCO's eDNA Expeditions project to mobilize available marine species and occurrence datasets from World Heritage Sites.
Alternative Identifiers 10.25607/mqut2a