Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Osteoglossiformes
(Bony tongues) > Notopteridae
(Featherbacks or knifefishes)
Etymology: Chitala: Bangladesh local name.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical, preferred ?
Asia: Borneo, Sumatra and Java in Indonesia, Malaya, and Thailand (Ref. 7050). Found in the Mekong basin (Ref. 12693). Protected in Indonesia as Notopterus sp. (Ref. 12217).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 150 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 7050)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Jaws increasing in length throughout life, extending far beyond posterior margin of eye in large specimens; small juveniles with slightly oblique bars on body and anal fin; larger juveniles and adults with plain body, overall silvery to bronze in life (Ref. 43281).
Inhabits mainstreams and forest streams (Ref. 58784). Feeds on fishes, probably has a crepuscular or nocturnal activity pattern (Ref. 12693). Other food of this species includes insects and small vertebrates (Ref. 58784).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Roberts, T.R., 1992. Systematic revision of the old world freshwater fish family Notopteridae. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwaters 2(4):361-383. (Ref. 7431)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5166 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00447 (0.00197 - 0.01011), b=3.09 (2.89 - 3.29), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.5 ±0.80 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Very high vulnerability (81 of 100) .