ChhadiCirrhinus mrigala is a species of ray-finned fish in the genus Cirrhinus. It is found in northern India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal. It inhabits ponds, ditches, and other slow-moving waters. It can reach a length of 50 cm.
This species is important to local fisheries. It is a popular food fish, and it is also used for fish farming. It is harvested using nets, spears, and traps. The flesh is considered excellent eating.
Cirrhinus mrigala is a peaceful fish that does well in a community aquarium setting. It will eat most types of food but prefers live or frozen foods. It is a good choice for the beginning fish keeper.
Cirrhinus mrigala is a hardy fish that can tolerate a wide range of water conditions. However, it does best in slightly acidic water with a moderate to a high level of dissolved oxygen. It is not a good choice for the beginner fish keeper.
The body of C. mrigala is elongated and laterally compressed. The dorsal fin has 11 spines and 12 to 13 soft rays, while the anal fin has 3 spines and 10 to 11 soft rays. The fish is grayish-brown dorsally and silvery ventrally. There are numerous dark spots on the body, and the fins are dusky. Juveniles have a more brassy coloration. This species feeds mainly on insects and other small invertebrates.
Cirrhinus mrigala is an important food fish in parts of its range and is also used for sport fishing. The flesh is edible, but the fish is not considered a great delicacy. It is occasionally seen in the aquarium trade.
They are small fish, typically reaching lengths of only around 15 cm. They have a dark olive-green back, a light ventral region, and a black spot on the gill cover. They inhabit both fresh and brackish water, where they feed on insects, crustaceans, and other small invertebrates. They are not considered important food fish, but they are occasionally captured and eaten by humans. They are also sometimes seen in the aquarium trade.
Mrigala is a popular food fish in their native region and is also used in aquaculture. They are considered good game fish, as they are able to put up a good fight when hooked. They are not typically considered to be a particularly desirable fish for aquariums, as they are aggressive and territorial.
Global chhadi production
Global production of chhadi fish has been estimated at 2.6 million tonnes in 2014. The majority of chhadi fish production is undertaken in Asia, with China being the largest producer, followed by India and Bangladesh. Other significant producers include Thailand, Viet Nam, Indonesia, and Myanmar.
The global chhadi fish trade is worth an estimated US$3.4 billion, with China and India being the largest exporters. Bangladesh is the largest importer of chhadi fish, followed by Viet Nam, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
Chhadi fish is a popular food fish in many Asian countries and is also exported to markets such as the European Union, the United States, and Japan. Chhadi fish is often used in curries and soups and is also popular as a fried or grilled dish.