Aplocheilus panchax


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Aplocheilus panchax
Species Authority: (Hamilton, 1822)
Common Name/s:
English Blue panchax
Esox panchax Hamilton, 1822
Taxonomic Notes: The species is in need of taxonomic review due to its apparent wide range.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-10-01
Assessor/s: Chaudhry, S.
Reviewer/s: Jha, B.R., Allen, D., Datta, N.C., Britz, R. & Dey, S.C.
Contributor/s: Molur, S.
A widespread species with no known major widespread threats, Aplocheillus panchax is assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Reported from Pakistan (Lower Indus plain and adjoining hilly areas), India (mainly northeastern and northern), and from Bangladesh, Myanmar,Sri Lanka, and Nepal. The taxonomic status of records from Viet Nam, Cambodia and the Indo-Malayasian archipelago must be verified. It been introduced in some areas for mosquito control (R. Britz pers. comm.).
Bangladesh; India; Myanmar; Nepal; Pakistan; Sri Lanka
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Population [top]

Population: No information available, but wide ranging.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It inhabits clear, shallow and brackish waters at low attitudes.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation not required; research into the species taxonomy is required, as it may be a species complex.
Citation: Chaudhry, S. 2010. Aplocheilus panchax. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 23 April 2014.
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