Eutropiichthys vacha   (Hamilton,  1822) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Hossain, MAR

Size (male): 40.2 cm SL

Max. published weight: 1,350 g

dioecious, external fertilization, oviparous, nonguarders of eggs, open water/substratum egg scatterers.

Synonym (s)
Bagrus vacha (Hamilton, 1822)
(Senior synonym)
Eutropiichthys vacha (Hamilton, 1822)
(Senior synonym)
Eutropiichthys vacha burmannicus (non Day, 1877)
(Misapplied name)
Pachypterus punctatus Swainson, 1839
(Junior synonym)
Pimelodus vacha Hamilton, 1822
(Senior synonym)
Eutropiichthys burmannicus Day, 1877
Eutropiichthys vacha burmannicus Day, 1877

Common Name (s)
• Bacha (Assamese)
• Basa (Assamese)
• Kangon (Assamese)
• Tunti (Assamese)
• Vacha (Assamese)
• Bhacha (Bengali)
• Caingun (Bengali)
• Kangon (Bengali)
• Katla (Bengali)
• Tunti (Bengali)
• Vacha (Bengali)
• Batchwa vacha (English)
• Bachwa (Hindi)
• Bachawa (Hindi)
• Banjhoo (Hindi)
• Neemuch (Hindi)
• Sugwabachoya (Hindi)
• Halathi (Kannada)
• Batchua (Oriya)
• Nandi-butchua (Oriya)
• Baiki (Punjabi)
• Dhuan (Punjabi)
• Dungi (Punjabi)
• Jhalbi (Punjabi)
• Bachwa
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic, Estuarine
Prey:  Small fish and insects


• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA
• Orissa, Jagadala INDIA (Record: 1948-1950)
• Bihar, Dighwara INDIA (Record: 1952)

Literature Source(s)
  • Rama Rao, KV (1995) Pisces Wetland ecosystem series 1: Fauna of Chilika lake ZSI, Calcutta 483-506 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Jones, S and Sujansingani, KH (1954) Fish and fisheries of the Chilka Lake with statistics of fish catches for the years 1948-1950 Indian Journal of Fisheries Indian Journal of Fisheries for the Indian Council of Agricultural Research 1 (1-2) 256-344 Available at -
  • Karamchandani, SJ (1957) On the Occurrence of Association of carp fry in the fry-collection nets and the destructive role played by predatory fish Indian Journal of Fisheries The Editorial Committee, India Journal of Fisheries for the Minister of Food and Agriculture Government of India 4(1) 46-61 Available at - NIO,Goa
  • Sarkar, UK; Kapoor, D; Paul, SK; Pathar, Ak; Basheer, VS; Deepak, PK; Srivastava, SM and Tyagi, LK (2007) Fish Biodiversity in the water bodies of samaspur bird sanctuary Uttar Pradesh: towards developing a freshwater aquatic sanctuary Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 104(1) 51-54 Available at - NIO, Goa

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