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Hippopotamyrus castor

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII OSTEOGLOSSIFORMES MORMYRIDAE

Scientific Name: Hippopotamyrus castor
Species Authority: Pappenheim, 1906
Synonym(s):
Marcusenius castor (Pappenheim, 1906)
Paramyomyrus aequipinnis Pellegrin, 1927

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-02-16
Assessor(s): Moelants, T.
Reviewer(s): Brummett, R., Mbe Tawe, A.N., Dening Touokong, C., Reid, G.M., Snoeks, J. Staissny, M., Moelants, T., Mamonekene, V., Ndodet, B., Ifuta, S.N.B., Chilala, A., Monsembula, R., Ibala Zamba, A., Opoye Itoua, O., Pouomogne, V., Darwall, W. & Smith, K.
Justification:
Although restricted to Cameroon, this species' range falls within the Cross River National Park and it is not known to be facing any major threats. It is therefore assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is a Lower Guinea endemic restricted to the Sanaga, Wouri, Lokoundje, and This species is known from upper Cross Rivers of Cameroon.
Countries:
Native:
Cameroon
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Population [top]

Population: No information available.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This mormyrid grows to 26 cm SL. It is a demersal species, and uses a weak electrical discharge to locate prey.
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: It has been collected for research into its electrical discharge system.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There is no information available on threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Its distribution falls within the Cross River National Park.

Citation: Moelants, T. 2010. Hippopotamyrus castor. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 22 December 2014.
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