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Table 5

Common fishes utilizing refuge in Kata (submerged branch piles) and Pana chapa (Floating aquatic macrophyte refuge) zones of Garapota baor

S. no.GroupLocal namesScientific namesFeeding habit (FishBase 2015)Habitat preference (FishBase 2015)Rank of abundancea
1. Carps Big head, Silver carp, Catla, Mrigal, Raag bata, Grass carp, American rui, Kalbose, Rui, Bata, Pona Aristychthys nobilis, Hypophthalmichthys molitrix, Catla catla, Cirhinus mrigala, Cirrhinus reba, Ctenopharyngodon idella, Cyprinus carpio, Labeo calbasu, Labeo rohita, Labeo bata Herbivore/ Omnivore Surface/ Pelagic 
2. Small Indigenous Fishes (SIFs) Maya, Pod koi, Jhaya, Chapra, Ghutum, Mula, Mourola, Punti, Dhela, Darkina, Kholse, Sarpunti Amblypharyngodon mola, Badis badis, Esomus danricus, Gudusia chapra, Lepidocephalichthy guntea, Aplocheilus panchax, Osteobrama sp., Pethia sp., Puntius sp., Rasbora daniconius, Salmophasia bacaila, Salmophasia phulo, Systomus saranaHerbivore/ Omnivore Surface/ Pelagic 
3. Catfishes Magur, Singhi, Tengra, Pabda, Ayre, Boal, Pangas, Pangos tengra Clarias batrachus, Heteropneustes fossilis, Mystus tengara, Mystus vittatus, Ompok pabda, Sperata aor, Wallago attu, Pangasius sp. Carnivore Benthic 
4. Murrels Lata, Shol, Gozar Channa gachua, Channa marulius, Channa punctatus, Channa striatus Carnivore Benthic 
5. Other fishes Pholui, Bele Notopterus sp., Glossogobius giuris Carnivore/ Omnivore Pelagic/ Surface 
6. Perches Koi, Chanda, Nados, Bheda, Kat chada, Anabas testudineus, Chanda sp., Nandus nandus, Parambasis sp., Trichogaster sp. Carnivore/ Omnivore Pelagic/ Surface/ Benthic 
7. Eels, Gars, Half beaks Bam, Pakal, Kakle Macrognathus sp., Mastacembelus armatus, Xenentodon cancila Carnivore/ Omnivore Benthic 
S. no.GroupLocal namesScientific namesFeeding habit (FishBase 2015)Habitat preference (FishBase 2015)Rank of abundancea
1. Carps Big head, Silver carp, Catla, Mrigal, Raag bata, Grass carp, American rui, Kalbose, Rui, Bata, Pona Aristychthys nobilis, Hypophthalmichthys molitrix, Catla catla, Cirhinus mrigala, Cirrhinus reba, Ctenopharyngodon idella, Cyprinus carpio, Labeo calbasu, Labeo rohita, Labeo bata Herbivore/ Omnivore Surface/ Pelagic 
2. Small Indigenous Fishes (SIFs) Maya, Pod koi, Jhaya, Chapra, Ghutum, Mula, Mourola, Punti, Dhela, Darkina, Kholse, Sarpunti Amblypharyngodon mola, Badis badis, Esomus danricus, Gudusia chapra, Lepidocephalichthy guntea, Aplocheilus panchax, Osteobrama sp., Pethia sp., Puntius sp., Rasbora daniconius, Salmophasia bacaila, Salmophasia phulo, Systomus saranaHerbivore/ Omnivore Surface/ Pelagic 
3. Catfishes Magur, Singhi, Tengra, Pabda, Ayre, Boal, Pangas, Pangos tengra Clarias batrachus, Heteropneustes fossilis, Mystus tengara, Mystus vittatus, Ompok pabda, Sperata aor, Wallago attu, Pangasius sp. Carnivore Benthic 
4. Murrels Lata, Shol, Gozar Channa gachua, Channa marulius, Channa punctatus, Channa striatus Carnivore Benthic 
5. Other fishes Pholui, Bele Notopterus sp., Glossogobius giuris Carnivore/ Omnivore Pelagic/ Surface 
6. Perches Koi, Chanda, Nados, Bheda, Kat chada, Anabas testudineus, Chanda sp., Nandus nandus, Parambasis sp., Trichogaster sp. Carnivore/ Omnivore Pelagic/ Surface/ Benthic 
7. Eels, Gars, Half beaks Bam, Pakal, Kakle Macrognathus sp., Mastacembelus armatus, Xenentodon cancila Carnivore/ Omnivore Benthic 

Source: Based on the information given by fishermen in a group.

aAbundance = Average number of fishes pertaining to a particular group encountered during each haul by small meshed cast or drag net. Derived from group discussed knowledge of regular fishers (based on eye estimation), who have been performing fishing operations in the refuge area over the years.

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