osteoglossiformes

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Clown Knifefish (Chitala chitala)

….a species of freshwater knifefish that occurs in India, Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries. Significant populations have also been introduced to the United States. Clown knifefish typically inhabit large freshwater rivers and swamps. They are predators and will feed on small fish, shrimp, molluscs, and aquatic insects. Female C. chitala will lay their eggs against wood and males will fan them with their tail, keep them aerated and protect them from predators.

Due to their large (3 ft) size C. chitala is considered a delicacy and many countries. It is also fairly popular in the aquarium trade as well.

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Actinopterygii-Osteoglossiformes-Notopteridae-Chitalta-C. chitala

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