|Scope: Global & Pan-Africa|
|Scientific Name:||Cyphomyrus psittacus (Boulenger, 1897)|
Hippopotamyrus psittacus (Boulenger, 1897)
Marcusenius budgetti Boulenger, 1904
Mormyrus psittacus Boulenger, 1897
Pollimyrus budgetti (Boulenger, 1904)
|Taxonomic Notes:||Hipppotomyrus has recently been restricted to four species (Hopkins et al. 2007). The genus Cyphomyrus has been resurrected and includes seven species from the Congo basin (Sullivan in lit.). Cyphomyrus are deep-bodied with a dorsal fin base longer than the anal.|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Reviewer(s):||Snoeks, J., Tweddle, D., Getahun, A., Lalèyè, P., Paugy, D., Zaiss, R., Fishar, M.R.A & Brooks, E.|
This species has a wide distribution, with no known major widespread threats. It is therefore listed as Least Concern. It has also been assessed regionally as Least Concern for central and western Africa.
|Range Description:||This species is patchily distributed from Guinea to the Democratic Republic of Congo.|
Central Africa: Cyphomyrus psittacus is known from throughout the Congo River basin, with exception of the Lufira and Mweru-Luapula-Bangweulu systems.
Western Africa: The West African distribution of this species area is relatively restricted. It has been reported only from the basins of the Niger, Benue, Volta, Ouémé and Ogun. Full distribution can't be mapped, need more information.
Native:Angola (Angola); Benin; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Côte d'Ivoire; Ghana; Guinea; Mali; Nigeria; Togo
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|Population:||No information available.|
|Current Population Trend:||Unknown|
|Habitat and Ecology:||Cypomyrus psittacus is a demersal species. It possesses electroreceptors over the entire head, on the ventral region (except abdominal area) and the dorsal region of the body, but absent from the side and the caudal peduncle where the electric organ is located (Møller 1995). It is found in large rivers. Edible fish (Poll 1967).|
|Use and Trade:||This species is harvested for human consumption.|
|Major Threat(s):||This species has minor commercial importance in central Africa. In west Africa, it is locally threatened by habitat loss and degradation from agriculture, urban and forestry developments and oil exploration in Nigeria.|
|Conservation Actions:||None known. Policy based action is required, and more research os needed biology and ecology, habitat status, and possible conservation measures needed.|
|Citation:||Moelants, T. 2010. Cyphomyrus psittacus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T167951A6424266.Downloaded on 15 October 2018.|
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