Opisternon bengalensis McClelland, 1845, Callcutta, J. Nat. Hist. 5; p. 197.
Synbranchus bengalensis Day,1878, Fishes of India. p. 657.
Synbranchus bengalensis Munro, 1955. Marine and Freshwater Fishes of Ceylon.p.102.
Opisternon bengalensis Jayaram, 1981. Freshwater Fishes of India.p.411.
Common name: Kunche, Bengal mudeel
Local name: Bamosh, Kuchia
Genus- Opisternon McClelland
Description of the species:
Head is short and compressed. Snout rounded and lips are fleshy. Upper jaw is longer than lower. Scales are absent. Lateral line is conspicuous (Rahman, 1989). Body colour: greenish or greenish-black along back, lighter in abdomen.
Habit and Habitat:
It is occasionally available in freshwater rivers, canals, and inundated fields throughout Bangladesh.
Good as food. Some people not eat this fish due to its snake like appearance.
Day, F. 1878. Fishes of India, being a natural history of fishes known to inhabit the seas and freshwaters of India, Burma and Ceylon. Reprinted by William Dawson & Sons Ltd., London, Vol. I: 778pp
Jayaram, K. C. 1981. The Freshwater Fishes of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma and Sri Lanka – A Handbook. The Director, Zoological Survey of India, Calcutta. xxii + 475 pp.
McClelland, J. 1845 . Apodal fishes of Bengal. The Calcutta Journal of Natural History 5
Munro, I. S. 1955. The marine and freshwater fishes of Ceylon. Dept. External affairs. Canbana Publications. XVI+ 340pp.
Rahman, A.K.A. 1989. Freshwater Fishes of Bangladesh. The Zoological Society of Bangladesh, Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000. 364pp.
Rahman, A.K.A. 2005. Freshwater Fishes of Bangladesh (Second edition). The Zoological Society of Bangladesh, Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000. 394pp.
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