Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Cypriniformes Cyprinidae

Scientific Name: Pethia ater
Species Authority: (Linthoingambi & Vishwanath, 2007)
Puntius ater Linthoingambi & Vishwanath, 2007
Taxonomic Source(s): Eschmeyer, W.N. (ed.). 2015. Catalog of Fishes. Updated 7 January 2015. Available at: (Accessed: 7 January 2015).
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: 2015
Date Assessed: 2010-02-23
Assessor(s): Singh, L.
Reviewer(s): Barbhuiya, A.H., Juffe Bignoli, D., Rema Devi, K.R. & Vishwanath, W.
Contributor(s): Molur, S.

Pethia ater is known only from three 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.

Previously published Red List assessments:
2010 Vulnerable (VU)

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.
Countries occurrence:
India (Manipur)
Continuing decline in area of occupancy (AOO): Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in area of occupancy (AOO): Unknown
Estimated extent of occurrence (EOO) - km2: 11000-12000
Continuing decline in extent of occurrence (EOO): Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in extent of occurrence (EOO): Unknown
Number of Locations: 3
Continuing decline in number of locations: Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in the number of locations: Unknown
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Population [top]

Population: There is no information on the population and its trends for this species.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Pethia ater inhabits rivers, lakes and ponds.
Systems: Freshwater
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat: Unknown

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. 2015. Pethia ater. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T168453A70076527. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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