Megalobrama amblycephala 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Cypriniformes Cyprinidae

Scientific Name: Megalobrama amblycephala Yih, 1955
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Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2011-01-20
Assessor(s): Zhao, H.H.
Reviewer(s): Allen, D.J., Cui, K., Zhou, W. & Chen, X.-Y.
Found in lakes and rivers in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze basin in China. Populations have declined due to impacts from overfishing and a declining reproductive success rate due to dams, but it is at present assessed as Least Concern as it is widespread and the population decline is not though to meet a threatened category. Populations should be monitored, and the species should be reassessed if it is shown that the known threats are have a greater impact than currently thought.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Recorded from the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River, mainland China. Found in Newshan Lake (a bay of Liangzi Lake with an area of 256 km2) and Yuli Lake.
Countries occurrence:
China (Anhui, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi)
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Population [top]

Population:No information on population size or trend is available.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Mainly a lake species. Found in lakes and rivers with a bottom of mud with macrophytes in the middle to lower water levels. The species migrates into rivers to spawn.
Generation Length (years):2-3
Movement patterns:Full Migrant

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Important fisheries species and cultivated in commercial aquaculture.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Overfishing and pollution; dams may impact the species through changes to the water flow regime, particularly impacting reproductive success.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The impact of known threats, especially on reproductive success, should be monitored.

Citation: Zhao, H.H. 2011. Megalobrama amblycephala. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2011: e.T166011A6167720. . Downloaded on 25 September 2018.
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