Puntius ater


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Puntius ater
Species Authority: Linthoingambi & Vishwanath, 2007
Taxonomic Notes: Linthoingambi and Vishwanath (2007) described Puntius ater from Chindwin basin in Manipur, India. The fish was previously reported as Puntius ticto (Hamilton) from Imphal River (Chindwin basin), Manipur by Vishwanath and Laishram (2004).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii); D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2010-02-21
Assessor(s): Singh, L.
Reviewer(s): Barbhuiya, A.H., Juffe Bignoli, D., Rema Devi, K.R. & Vishwanath, W.
Contributor(s): Molur, S.

Puntius ater is known only from 3 locations in the Manipur Valley, in northeastern India, where its total extent of occurrence is approximately 12,000 km2. The species is threatened from various anthropogenic activities leading to siltation in the species habitat and also from the impacts of introduced species into its habitat.  It is therefore assessed as Vulnerable.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is only known from Imphal Valley (Chindwin basin), Manipur, India from where it was collected from Iril and Imphal rivers, ponds and lakes.
India (Manipur)
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Population [top]

Population: There is no information on the population and its trends for this species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Puntius ater inhabits rivers, lakes and ponds.
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: The species is a small size fish and is consumed by the local people.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The species is found in areas where local fishing, invasive introduced fishes, eutrophication and siltation are known threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: More research about the distribution and the biology of this species is needed, as there is insufficient information available. Other potential threats to this species also need to be identified.

Citation: Singh, L. 2010. Puntius ater. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 23 May 2015.
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