Pethia thelys 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Cypriniformes Cyprinidae

Scientific Name: Pethia thelys
Species Authority: (Kullander, 2008)
Puntius thelys Kullander, 2008
Taxonomic Source(s): Eschmeyer, W.N. (ed.). 2015. Catalog of Fishes. Updated 7 January 2015. Available at: (Accessed: 7 January 2015).
Taxonomic Notes: Kullander (2008) described Puntius thelys from the streams near Myitkyina, and Lake Indawgyi, Myanmar. The species valid as Puntius thelys Kullander 2008 (Kullander and Britz 2008).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2015
Date Assessed: 2010-02-25
Assessor(s): Singh, L.
Reviewer(s): Barbhuiya, A.H., Juffe Bignoli, D., Rema Devi, K.R. & Dahanukar, N.
Contributor(s): Molur, S.

Pethia thelys is restricted to less than 20,000 km² range. However, it is known from 17 localities in Myanmar and well adapted in different types of bodies. More research needed to find out exact distribution, population, and threats. It also occurs in the Indawgyi Lake Wildlife Sanctuary. The species is therefore assessed as Least Concern.

Previously published Red List assessments:
2010 Least Concern (LC)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Pethia thelys is known only from the streams near Myitkyina, and also in Lake Indawgyi, Myanmar.
Countries occurrence:
Myanmar (Myanmar (mainland))
Continuing decline in area of occupancy (AOO): Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in area of occupancy (AOO): Unknown
Estimated extent of occurrence (EOO) - km2: 18946
Continuing decline in extent of occurrence (EOO): Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in extent of occurrence (EOO): Unknown
Number of Locations: 17
Continuing decline in number of locations: Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in the number of locations: Unknown
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Population [top]


Further survey work is needed to determine whether or not this species is experiencing a decline, or is undergoing natural population fluctuations.

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

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:

Pethia thelys inhabits ponds, swamps, streams, rivers and lakes.

Systems: Freshwater
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat: Unknown

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

This species attains a length of 4.2 cm SL; of no interest to fisheries. However, the fish may be used as a good aquarium fish. The fish available in the local fish market in Myanmar.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

The threats to the species are not known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

The species is present in Indawgyi lake Wildlife Sanctuary in Myanmar.

Citation: Singh, L. 2015. Pethia thelys. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T168429A70431990. . Downloaded on 30 November 2015.
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