Eutropiichthys vacha (Hamilton, 1822), a threatened fish of Indian subcontinent

  • Sandipan Gupta ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore, Kolkata-700120, India
  • Samir Banerjee Aquaculture Research Unit, Department of Zoology, University of Calcutta, 35, Ballygunge Circular Road, Kolkata 700019, India
Keywords: Eutropiichthys vacha, Batchwa vacha, threatened fish, conservation


Eutropiichthys vacha (Batchwa vacha) is a freshwater catfish species having high economic value. It is a very popular table fish among the consumers due to high nutritional value and taste. Just recently small specimens of this species have also made their entry in ornamental fish markets. Recently due to number of reasons, populations of this fish species are facing the threat of extinction. It has already been documented as Endangered in India and Critically Endangered in Bangladesh. The present report has been prepared to summarize the information available on different aspects of this threatened fish species as well as to point out the possible measures that should be considered for its conservation.


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How to Cite
Gupta, S., & Banerjee, S. (2016). Eutropiichthys vacha (Hamilton, 1822), a threatened fish of Indian subcontinent. Journal of Fisheries, 4(2), 397-400.