Chanda nama   Hamilton,  1822 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Hossain, MAR

Size: 11 cm

Body is ovate shaped and compressed. Mouth is large with a prominent lower jaw. Villiform teeth are present on jaws with three canines. Scales are minute. Lateral line has about 100 scales.

Breeds in rainy season.

Synonym (s)
Ambassis bogoda (Hamilton, 1822)
(Junior synonym)
Ambassis indica McClelland & Griffith, 1842
(Junior synonym)
Ambassis nama (Hamilton, 1822)
(Senior synonym)
Ambassis oblonga Cuvier, 1828
(Junior synonym)
Ambassis phula (Hamilton, 1822)
(Junior synonym)
Bogoda nama (Hamilton, 1822)
(Senior synonym)
Chanda bogoda Hamilton, 1822
(Junior synonym)
Chanda phula Hamilton, 1822
(Junior synonym)
Equula ovata Swainson, 1839
(Junior synonym)
Hamiltonia nama (Hamilton, 1822)
(Senior synonym)
Hamiltonia ovata (Swainson, 1839)
(Junior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Elongate Glass-perchlet (English)
• Bachanike meenu (Kannada)
• Kachki (Marathi)
• Kakkachee (Tamil)
• Guachipi
• Ngamhai
• Chanari
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(This species could effectively be used in the control of guinea worms and also for malarial control. These small, bony, fleshy fishes are sold in heaps along with other small fishes in the market. Popular for aquarium purposes)

Habitat:  Bentho Pelagic, Estuarine
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Insects, planktonic crustaceans and finfish


• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika INDIA
• West Bengal, Bangaon, Ichhamati River INDIA
• West Bengal (Lat: 21.45) (Long: 87.9) INDIA

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 -
  • Satapathy, D and Panda, S (2009) Fish atlas of Chilika Chilika Development Authority, Bhubaneswar 74 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Kosygin, L; Devi, LS; Dhamendra, H (2010) Fish and Fisheries of Iril river, Manipur, with a note on conservation strategies for threatened species Journal of Environment and Sociobiology Social Environmental and Biological Association, Kolkata, India 7(2) 85-92 Available at - NIO,Goa
  • Das, SR and Nandi, NC (2004) Oxbow lake environment and management of Ichhamati river basin, West Bengal Journal of Environment and Sociobiology Social Environmental and Biological Association, Kolkata, India 1(1&2) 81-90 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Das, P; De, SP; Bhowmik, RM; Pandit, IK; Sengupta, R; Nandi, AC; Thakurta, SC and Saha, S (2007) Piscine diversity of West Bengal Fishing chimes 27(5) 15-28 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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