Glyptothorax pectinopterus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Glyptothorax pectinopterus
Species Authority: (McClelland, 1842)
Taxonomic Notes: Glyptothorax pectinopterus was described from the mountains of Simla (McClelland 1842). Although both G. alaknandi and G. brevipinnis had previously been considered its junior synonym (Menon 1999), these two species are now considered distinct from G. pectinopterus.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-10-13
Assessor(s): Ng, H.H.
Reviewer(s): Allen, D.J., Vishwanath, W., Dahanukar, N. & Molur, S.
Contributor(s): Molur, S.
Glyptothorax pectinopterus is known from the Ganges River drainage in India and Nepal, and the Indus River drainage in India and Pakistan. Although there is insufficient information on the distribution, population (and its trends), and biology of this species, indications from current surveys are that this is still a relatively abundant species. It is therefore assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from the Ganges River drainage in India and Nepal, and the Indus River drainage in India and Pakistan.  Report of this species from Myanmar (Oo 2002) is not considered valid until further study.
India (Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh); Nepal; Pakistan
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Population [top]

Population: There is no information on the population and its trend for this species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species inhabits swift-flowing rivers with a substrate of sand and rocks.
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is caught for food in artisanal fisheries.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The threats to this species are unknown, since there is little information on the biology of this species and therefore the impact of potential threats (especially those of an anthropogenic nature) remains unknown. The current threats to aquatic biodiversity in all of its known distribution have also not been adequately identified. Kullander et al. (1999) did not consider this species to be under any threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: More research about the population size and trends, distribution and the biology of this species is needed, as there is insufficient information available. Potential threats to this species also need to be identified.

Citation: Ng, H.H. 2010. Glyptothorax pectinopterus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 29 March 2015.
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