Cultured fish species:
Cultured fish species refers to those species of fishes which are already introduced into the existing fish farming system in Bangladesh. A quite large number of species are now being used as culture species consisting both native and exotic fish species. Indigenous or native species includes different species of major and minor carps and exotic species includes different Chinese carps, catfishes, perches etc.

A variety of exotic fish species were introduced into fish culture system lately. Genetically Improved Farmed Tilapia (GIFT), Milkfish, Piranha etc. are newly introduced fish of such type.

Cultured Native Carps:

Scientific name Common name Bangla name
Labeo bata Minor carp Bata
Catla catla Bangladeshi Major carp Catla
Labeo calbasu Carp Kalbaus
Chrrhina mrigala Bangladeshi Major carp Mrigel
Labeo rohita Bangladeshi Major carp Rui

Cultured Exotic Fishes:

Scientific name Common name Bangla name
Aristichthys nobilis Chinese carp Bighead Carp
Barbonemus gonionotus Barb Raj/Thai Sarpunti
Chanos chanos Milkfish Milkfish
Ctenopharyngodon idellus Chinese carp Grass carp
Cyprinus carpio var. communis Chinese carp Common carp
Cyprinus carpio var. specularis Chinese carp Mirror carp
Hypophthalmichthys molitrix Chinese carp Silver carp
Mylopharyngodon pisceus Chinese carp Black carp
Oreochromis niloticus Perch Nilotica
Oreochromis mossambicus Perch Tilapia
Pangasius hypophthalmus Catfish Thai Pangas
Pygocentrus natteri Red Piranha Piranha
Genetically Improved Farmed Tilapia (GIFT)


  • Rahman, A.K.A., 1989. Freshwater Fishes of Bangladesh, Zoological Society of Bangladesh, Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000, pp. 1-285.
  • Rahman, A.K.A., 2005. Freshwater Fishes of Bangladesh, 2nd edition, Zoological Society of Bangladesh, Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000, pp. xviii -263.

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