Puntius ornatus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Puntius ornatus
Species Authority: Vishwanath & Laisram, 2004
Taxonomic Notes: Vishwanath and Laishram (2004) described Puntius ornatus from Moreh, Manipur, India. Shantakumar and Vishwanath  (2006), and Kullander (2008) considered it as valid species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(ii,iii); D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2010-02-22
Assessor(s): Singh, L.
Reviewer(s): Juffe Bignoli, D., Chaudhry, S., Dahanukar, N., Barbhuiya, A.H. & Rema Devi, K.R.
Contributor(s): Molur, S.

Puntius ornatus has a restricted range. It is presently known only from two locations in Manipur, in northeastern India and Myanmar, where its total extent of occurrence is approximately 6300 km2. The type locality is under threat from expanding township and related pollution problems.  The species is therefore assessed as Vulnerable.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The species is known from Lokchou River, Moreh, Manipur, India and Yu Chaung near Yantan Village, Myanmar.
India (Manipur); Myanmar (Myanmar (mainland))
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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: The fish inhabits mountain streams and rivers.
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

Because of its beautiful colouration and small size it is sometimes used as ornamental fish.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No information available. However, Lokchao River, the type locality of the species has several disturbances due to anthropogenic activities. The river flows near Moreh town, which is an active centre for international trade between India and Myanmar. The town is being expanded and the river is under severe threat.

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 ornatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 01 March 2015.
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