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Opsaridium peringueyi

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII CYPRINIFORMES CYPRINIDAE

Scientific Name: Opsaridium peringueyi
Species Authority: (Gilchrist & Thompson, 1913)
Common Name(s):
English Southern Barred Minnow
Taxonomic Notes: Eschmeyer (1998) notes that this was recognised as a synonym of O. zambezense in 1984 (Leveque & Daget), but was noted as a valid species in 1996 (following Skelton).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2007
Date Assessed: 2007-03-01
Assessor(s): Bills, R., Engelbrecht J. & Marshall, B.E.
Reviewer(s): Snoeks, J. (Freshwater Fish Red List Authority) & Darwall, W. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Programme)
Justification:
Although reductions have occurred within the Limpopo River system in Zimbabwe it is widespread and fairly common throughout the remainder of its range.
History:
1996 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Save River in Zimbabwe south to the Phongolo River in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. No recent records in Zimbabwe and possibly extinct there.
Countries:
Native:
Mozambique; South Africa (Gauteng - Regionally Extinct, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga); Swaziland
Possibly extinct:
Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: During the 1980/90s numbers assessed in Mpumalanga were very low. A significant increase in population numbers has occurred during the last decade. In recent Swaziland surveys it was abundant in suitable swift flowing habitats.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Typically found in pools below fast flowing waters, juveniles often in very shallow water running over sand or gravel bars.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Flow regulation and water pollution in parts of the Limpopo River have significantly reduced the species range. In Zimbabwe regulation of flows by dams, sedimentation of habitats, pollution from agriculture and alien fishes (Micropterus spp.) have probably effected its decline.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: River health programmes and in-stream flow requirement assessments are in operation in most areas in South Africa.

Citation: Bills, R., Engelbrecht J. & Marshall, B.E. 2007. Opsaridium peringueyi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 26 October 2014.
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