Sinocyclocheilus tingi


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Sinocyclocheilus tingi
Species Authority: Fang, 1936

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii,v)+2ab(iii,v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2009-08-11
Assessor(s): Cui, K. & Chen, X.-Y.
Reviewer(s): Allen, D.J., Zhao, H. & Zhou, W.
The species is endemic to Fuxian Lake in Yunnan, China, with an extent of occurrence of 212 km2. Threats include over-fishing and introduced species, the loss of spawning grounds (through the construction of aquaculture ponds and tourism development) and over-fishing, leading to a decline in the number of mature individuals. The species is assessed as Endangered at present, but better data on population declines (from fishery data for example is required). The species has been successfully bred in captivity and released into the lake in small quantities; the effectiveness of these releases should be studied.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Only recorded from Fuxian Lake (212km2) in Yunnan, China.
China (Yunnan)
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Population [top]

Population: It is decreasing rapidly. The indigenous fishes in Fuxian lake decreased severely from March 2004 to July 2005 (Xiao 2009). The species was successfully cultivated (Fei 2009).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is found in Fuxian Lake in the shallow literal zone, and in the middle and lower levels of open water. The species especially likes rocky areas close to underwater springs. It is an omnivore, mainly feeding on small fish and shrimps. Grows slowly, breeds from December to May, mostly January to March. The species has been successful cultivated and re-introduced to the lake in small quantities (X.-Y. Chen pers. comm. 2011).
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: It is a valuable economic species for local people in Yunan province.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Invasive non-native species (grass carps, gobies, and other small fishes), and over-fishing, as well as loss of spawning grounds. In the 1970s there was little control over fishery activities, leading to over-exploitation of the lake resources.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Artificial propagation has been done, no other available information.

Citation: Cui, K. & Chen, X.-Y. 2011. Sinocyclocheilus tingi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 22 December 2014.
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