|Scope: Global & Pan-Africa|
|Scientific Name:||Coptostomabarbus wittei David & Poll, 1937|
Coptostomobarbus wittei David & Poll, 1937
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||Marshall, B., Moelants, T. & Tweddle, D.|
|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, is abundant in suitable habitats, with no known major widespread threats. It is therefore listed as Least Concern. It has also been assessed regionally as Least Concern for southern Africa. It is estimated that less than 5 % of the species is found in the central Africa region, and has therefore been categorised as Not Applicable for this region.
|Range Description:||Coptostomabarbus wittei is found from Democratic Republic of Congo in the north of its range, and Namibia to Zimbabwe in the south. It is probably closely related to the sicklefin barb, Barbus haasianus.|
Central Africa: It is known from floodplains of the upper Lualaba system of the upper Congo River basin.
Southern Africa: This species is presnet in the Okavango Delta, This species is known from upper Zambezi system, Kafue floodplains and floodplains of the Lualaba tributary of the Congo (Skelton 2001). In Zimbabwe, there is one record from below the Victoria Falls.
Native:Angola; Botswana; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Namibia; Zambia; Zimbabwe
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|Population:||Limited information available for all of its range. Characteristic of swamps and shallow floodplain lagoons, using the fringes of rivers for migration, thus it was caught in enormous numbers below a road culvert where the Zambezi River was flooding through onto the Barotse floodplain beyond (Tweddle et al. 2004).|
|Current Population Trend:||Unknown|
|Habitat and Ecology:||Coptostomabarbus wittei is a benthopelagic species. It occurs in swamps and floodplains in shallow densely vegetated still-water habitats. Coptostomabarbus wittei feeds on minute planktonic organisms (Skelton 1993).|
|Use and Trade:||This species is harvested for human consumption.|
|Major Threat(s):||None known.|
|Conservation Actions:||The species has some protection in reserves, such as the Kafue floodplain.|
|Citation:||Marshall, B., Moelants, T. & Tweddle, D. 2010. Coptostomabarbus wittei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T167983A6430220.Downloaded on 15 October 2018.|
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