Pethia yuensis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Pethia yuensis
Species Authority: (Arunkumar & Tombi Singh, 2003)
Puntius yuensis Arunkumar & Tombi Singh, 2003
Taxonomic Notes: Arunkumar and Tombi (2002) described Puntius yuensis from Makland River near Moreh, Manipur, India. Kullander and Fang (2005) and Kullander (2008) considered it as valid species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii); D2 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 yuensis has a restricted range of less than 7,000 km² and is known only from two locations in Manipur, in north eastern India. The species is under threat in one location from urban development, while threats to hill stream fishes from habitat quality decline is another threat. It is therefore assessed as Vulnerable with a recommendation that more surveys are conducted to understand the distribution and the populations are monitored.

2010 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Pethia yuensis is known only from the Yu River system of Manipur at the lower zones of Maklang River and Lokchao River near Moreh, Manipur, India.
India (Manipur)
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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.

Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species inhabits mountain streams and rivers.
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Sold in the Moreh Market, Manipur, India in very small scale. This species attains a length of 6.8 cm SL (standard length); of no interest to fisheries. However, the fish may be used as a good aquarium fish.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

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 species is threatened from decline in habitat quality in due to sedimentation from deforestation and agricultural practices around hill streams.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

Detailed research into distribution, biology, population, habitat trends, threats and impacts are needed.

Citation: Singh, L. 2015. Pethia yuensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 29 July 2015.
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