Puntius jayarami


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Puntius jayarami
Species Authority: Vishwanath & Tombi Singh, 1986
Taxonomic Notes: Puntius jayarami was originally described from Manipur, India by Vishwanath Singh and Tombi Singh (1986). Jayaram (1991) placed the species under the sarana complex within the genus. Talwar and Jhingran (1991) have merged this species with Puntius sarana orphoides (Valenciennes). However, it is considered as valid by Arunkumar and Tombi Singh (1998), Jayaram (1999), and Karmakar (2000).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2010-02-25
Assessor(s): Singh, L.
Reviewer(s): Barbhuiya, A.H., Juffe Bignoli, D., Rema Devi, K.R., Dahanukar, N., Chaudhry, S. & Vishwanath, W.
Contributor(s): Molur, S.

Puntius jayarami has a restricted range of less than 12,000 km2 and is known only from three locations in Manipur in north eastern India.  Its habitat quality is declining drastically due to pollution, agriculture and erosion. The species is therefore assessed as Vulnerable.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is so far reported from Chakpi Stream (Vishwanath and Tombi 1986) and Manipur River (Chindwin basin), Manipur (Kosygin and Singh 2008).
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: Punitis jayarami inhabits moutain streams and rivers with moderate to fast flowing water.
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species attains a length of 13 cm. It is of interest to fisheries.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Kosygin and Singh ( 2008) reported that water quality of downstream of the Manipur River is deteriorated due to discharge of sewage from the Imphal Valley, pesticides and insecticides from the surrounding agricultural lands, polluted water from Loktak Lake and nutrients rich soil erosion from catchment area. As a result low fish diversity and catch of the river is observed in the river.

Conservation Actions [top]

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

Citation: Singh, L. 2010. Puntius jayarami. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 28 May 2015.
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