Indigenous ornamental freshwater ichthyofauna of the Sundarban Biosphere Reserve, India: status and prospects: Fishes Checklist

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Ornamental fishes are the most popular pet throughout the world and figh demand for these fishes has made them an important component of the world fish trade. India contrfibutes a very meager percentage to the world ornamental fish trade; but considering the high ichthyofaunal diversity it has the potential to compete with the world’s leading ornamental fish producers in the near future. Sundarban Biosphere Reserve has abundant waterbodies with rich fish diversity. Although some research has been carried out on ichthyofaunal resources off the Sundarban; detailed documentafion on freshwater indigenous ornamental ichthyofaunal resources off this region is sill not available. To fill this knowledge gap, the present study has been conducted to list the indigenous ornamental ichthyofaunal resources of the Sundarban Biosphere Reserve along with their conservation status and their prospective utilization for improved livelihood of local communities. Eighty four species belonging to 11 orders, 28 families and 59 genera were collected from the study area with species representing the order Cypriniformes dominating the ichthyofauna. Nine species have been listed as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Indigenous fish species of the Sundarban having great potential to support domestic as well as the international ornamental fish trade from India in near future. The ornamental fish species would also be able to generate alternate livelihood options for the impecunious communities of the Sundarban. However, serious concern must also be paid to the conservation of these fish species as some of them are under near threatened categories of IUCN Red list.

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Gupta S, Dubey S K, Trivedi R K, Chand B K, Banerjee S, Earl C (2023). Indigenous ornamental freshwater ichthyofauna of the Sundarban Biosphere Reserve, India: status and prospects: Fishes Checklist. Version 2.0. OBIS Secretariat. Occurrence dataset. https://doi.org/10.25607/xxwkfw


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Sandipan Gupta
  • Originator
University of Calcutta
Sourabh Kumarr Dubey
  • Originator
West Bengal University of Animal & Fishery Science
Raman Kumar Trivedi
  • Originator
West Bengal University of Animal & Fishery Science
Bimal Kinkar Chand
  • Originator
West Bengal University of Animal & Fishery Science
Samir Banerjee
  • Originator
University of Calcutta
Chandra Earl
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  • 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 2011-01-01 / 2012-12-31

Sampling Methods

No Description available

Method step description:

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

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Gupta S, Dubey S, Trivedi R, Chand B, & Banerjee S. (2016). Indigenous ornamental freshwater ichthyofauna of the Sundarban Biosphere Reserve, India: Status and prospects. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 8. 9144. https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.1888.8.9.9144-9154

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/xxwkfw