Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Cypriniformes Cyprinidae

Scientific Name: Barilius shacra
Species Authority: (Hamilton, 1822)
Taxonomic Notes: Hamilton (1822) described Cyprinus shacra  from Kosi River. Rahman (1989) treated it under the genus Barilius.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2010-01-22
Assessor(s): Vishwanath, W.
Reviewer(s): Barbhuiya, A.H., Jha, B.R., Juffe Bignoli, D., Rema Devi, K.R., Dahanukar, N. & Chaudhry, S.
Contributor(s): Molur, S.

Widely distributed species with no major widespread threats, Barilius shacra is assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The species is known from Kosi, Ganga, Yamuna, Barak and Brahmaputra rivers.
Countries occurrence:
Bangladesh; India (Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh); Nepal
Continuing decline in extent of occurrence (EOO): Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in extent of occurrence (EOO): Unknown
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Population [top]

Population: The species is rare in Nepal (Jha pers. comm. 2010), but common in India.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Most of the specimens have been found in rivers and streams.
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species which attains a length of 12.5 cm. Its interest to fisheries is minor and it is also an aquarium fish.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The species may be affected by fishing for ornamental purposes and for food.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species might be in protected areas. Further survey work is needed to determine whether or not this species is experiencing a decline.

Citation: Vishwanath, W. 2010. Barilius shacra. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T166561A6237014. . Downloaded on 10 October 2015.
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