Endemic or Native Fish Species of Pakistan

Endemic fish species of Pakistan refers to the species of fish which only occur in the water bodies of Pakistan or only few other specific geographic locations in the world. Some fish are unique to Pakistan and in turn make Pakistan unique due to their uniqueness! But due to uncontrolled water pollution and the degradation of the water bodies in Pakistan, as well as the over-exploitation and fishing, these native species are under a threat of going extinct. Their extinction would mean a blow to the food web of that particular water body as food chains and food webs have an extremely delicate balance. So we should try to protect these native fish species of Pakistan. Below is a list of some native or endemic fish species of Pakistan. Check them out!

 

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CATLA OR SOUTH ASIAN CARP

Scientific Name: Labeo catla

Location: Freshwater bodies, PakistanCatla catla

Image Source: Khalid Mahmood, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

 

YELLOW-BROWN SILLAGO

Scientific Name: Sillago panhwari

Location: Arabian Sea, Pakistan.

 

FANGED SEABREAM

Scientific Name: Sparidentex jamalensis

Location: Arabian Sea, Pakistan.

 

INDUS CATFISH

Scientific Name: Mystus horai

Location: Indus River

 

LEPADICHTHYS CTENION

Scientific Name: Lepadichthys ctenion

Location: Pakistan, Indian Ocean

 

INDIAN GLASSY FISH

Scientific Name: Parambassis ranga

Location: Freshwater, Pakistan

Parambassis ranga 2 Image Source: opencage, CC BY-SA 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons

 

RHABDAMIA NUDA

Scientific Name: Rhabdamia nuda

Location: Karachi coast, Arabian Sea, Pakistan

 

AMBLYCEPS MACROPTERUS

Scientific Name: Amblyceps macropterus

Location: Hab River drainage

 

BATASIO PAKISTANICUS

Scientific Name: Batasio pakistanicus

Location: Indus River

 

BANGANA GEDROSICUS

Scientific Name: Bangana gedrosicus

Location: Mashkel river, Baluchistan

 

DWARF GOURAMI

Scientific Name: Trichogaster lalius

Location: Freshwater bodies, Pakistan

Colisa lalia-Male and Female Image Source: Felix Gertz, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

 

BARILIUS NASEERI

Scientific Name: Barilius naseeri

Location: –

 

BARILIUS PAKISTANICUS

Scientific Name: Barilius pakistanicus

Location: Freshwater, Pakistan

 

ELONGATE GLASSY PERCHLET

Scientific Name: Chanda nama

Location: Freshwater bodies, Pakistan

Chanda nama Image Source: Hamid Badar Osmany, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

 

NANGRA ROBUSTA

Scientific Name: Nangra robusta

Location: Indus River

 

SCHISTURA MACROLEPIS

Scientific Name: Schistura macrolepis

Location: Freshwater bodies, Pakistan

 

RAY-FINNED FISH

Scientific Name: Schistura fascimaculata

Location: Freshwater bodies, Pakistan

 

ZHOBI MAHASEER

Scientific Name: Naziritor zhobensis

Location: Freshwater bodies, Pakistan

 

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Endemic or Native Mammal Species of Pakistan

Endemic or Native Bird Species of Pakistan

Endemic or Native Reptile Species of Pakistan

Endemic or Native Amphibian Species of Pakistan

Endemic or Native Plant Species of Pakistan

 

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