Glyptothorax telchitta 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Siluriformes Sisoridae

Scientific Name: Glyptothorax telchitta (Hamilton, 1822)
Taxonomic Notes: Glyptothorax telchitta was originally described from Jungipur in West Bengal and Nathpur in Uttar Pradesh, India (Hamilton 1822), but given the taxonomic confusion surrounding this species and the fact that no type material of this species is extant, a neotype from the Hooghly River at Kalna, West Bengal, India was designated by Ng (2005). Glyptothorax botius was previously considered a synonym of G. telchitta (e.g. Menon 1999), but Ng (2005) demonstrated the distinctiveness of the two species and revalidated G. botius.  Previous records of G. telchitta in the literature may refer to both G. botius and this species.

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.
Although the current population and its trends are unknown for Glyptothorax telchitta, current indications from field surveys are that this species is still relatively widespread and abundant. Therefore, this species is assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known from the Ganges and Brahmaputra River drainage in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.
Countries occurrence:
Bangladesh; India (Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Nagaland, Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal); Nepal; Pakistan
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Population [top]

Population:Although the current population and its trends are unknown for this species, current indications from field surveys are that this species is still relatively widespread and abundant.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Continuing decline of mature individuals:No
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

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

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is caught for food in artisanal fisheries. It is also caught and exported in small quantities as an ornamental fish.

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.

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 telchitta. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T166565A6237677. . Downloaded on 15 October 2018.
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