Chitala ornata (Gray, 1831)
Clown featherback
Chitala ornata
photo by Jean-Francois Helias / Fishing Adventures Thailand

Family:  Notopteridae (Featherbacks or knifefishes), subfamily: Notopterinae
Max. size:  100 cm SL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 4,950.0 g
Environment:  pelagic; freshwater, potamodromous
Distribution:  Asia: Mekong basin in Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Viet Nam; Chao Phraya and Meklong basins.
Diagnosis:  Distinguished from other members of the family by the presence of a row of large ocellated spots above the base of the anal fin (Ref. 27732). Differs from C. chitala in lacking silver or gold transverse streaks on dorsum and from C. blanci and C. lopis in lacking a basal pectoral spot (Ref. 7431).
Biology:  Inhabits flowing waters of large and medium-sized rivers (Ref. 12693). Within the Mekong mainstream, it occurs in pools (Ref. 37770). Found in the basin-wide mainstream of the lower Mekong (Ref. 36667). A predator on surface-feeding fishes, crustaceans and insects, with a crepuscular or nocturnal activity pattern. Moves into inundated forest during the high water period from June to October. Individuals from the Great Lake are shipped to markets in Thailand (Ref. 12693).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 16 March 2010 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 27.05.97
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 27.02.14
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 29.06.01

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