Pethia tiantian 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Cypriniformes Cyprinidae

Scientific Name: Pethia tiantian (Kullander & Fang, 2005)
Common Name(s):
English Burmese Bumblebee Barb
Puntius tiantian Kullander & Fang, 2005
Taxonomic Source(s): Eschmeyer, W.N. (ed.). 2015. Catalog of Fishes. Updated 7 January 2015. Available at: (Accessed: 7 January 2015).
Taxonomic Notes: Kullander and Fang (2005) have suggested that the specimen of Barbus stoliczkanus reported from a hill stream near Tanja (Putao), northernmost Myanmar, by Chaudhuri (1919) could be Puntius tiantian.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2015
Date Assessed: 2010-03-18
Assessor(s): Dahanukar, N.
Reviewer(s): Kar, D, Juffe Bignoli, D., Rema Devi, K.R. & Chaudhry, S.
Contributor(s): Molur, S.
Pethia tiantian is currently known only from two populations despite extensive survey (Kullander and Fang 2005). The populations are only 10 km apart. Restricted population and small number of localities qualifies the species for threatened categories, however there is no habitat degradation occurring in the are so it cannot be categorized under Vulnerable. Nevertheless, even though currently there are no known threats to the species this area is tourist attraction and even a small habitat modification can become threatening for the species. It is therefore assessed as Near Threatened.
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Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Known only from the vicinity of Putao in northern Myanmar (Kullander and Fang 2005).
Countries occurrence:
Myanmar (Myanmar (mainland))
Additional data:
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2:200
Number of Locations:2
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Population [top]

Population:Kullander and Fang (2005) note that despite extensive collecting efforts very few specimens of Pethia tiantian were collected. Thus the species appears to be rare.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Pethia tiantian has been collected from small rapidly flowing hill stream, with clear and colourless water, low water level, flowing through low forest, with grass and shrub along banks, and over a varied bottom with rock, gravel, and sand but no aquatic vegetation. Only one specimen of the fish was collected in a major river.

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There is no information on the species' use and trade.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Currently there are no threats documented for this species or this area. However, the place is tourist attraction. Since the species shows restricted distribution even limited tourism can be threatening.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is advocated that this general area should be conserved by declaring it as a National Park (Renner et al. 2007).

Citation: Dahanukar, N. 2015. Pethia tiantian. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T168533A70438505. . Downloaded on 25 May 2018.
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