Balitora brucei 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Cypriniformes Balitoridae

Scientific Name: Balitora brucei Gray, 1830
Taxonomic Notes: The genus Balitora needs revision.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2010-04-19
Assessor(s): Britz, R.
Reviewer(s): Rema Devi, K.R., Daniel, B.A., Arunachalam, M., Dahanukar, N. & Allen, D.J.
Contributor(s): Molur, S.
The species is present in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal, and may also be present in Bhutan. Since hill streams across the region are threatened by habitat degradation caused by deforestation, mining and agriculture and the species is restricted to narrow habitat range (high gradient rocky streams) with limited population size.  Although Balitora brucei has a wide distribution range, it is restricted only to mountain streams which are under severe threat.  More studies are required to establish the exact status of this species, which most likely could be threatened.  It is here assessed as Near threatened.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:The species occurs in India (Priang River near Cherrapunji in Meghalaya and in Arunachal Pradesh), Bangladesh, and Nepal. It may also be present in Bhutan.
Countries occurrence:
Bangladesh; India (Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Darjiling, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura)
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Population [top]


There is no information on the population and its trends for this species, but survey data suggests that it is relatively widespread and common.

Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is found in mountain streams (high gradient streams); mostly found in water falls and high gradient riffles.

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: The species is not in use since it is a rare species, found only in high gradient riffles.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Hill streams are threatened across the region by deforestation causing siltation. This species inhabits streams with boulder, and mining and quarrying are potential threats to its habitat and populations.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Further information is required on the species habitat and populations, as well as the impact of habitat loss.

Citation: Britz, R. 2010. Balitora brucei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T166923A6292318. . Downloaded on 28 May 2018.
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