Channa bleheri 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Channidae

Scientific Name: Channa bleheri Vierke, 1991
Taxonomic Notes: Channa bleheri was described by Vierke (1991).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2010-03-23
Assessor(s): Chaudhry, S.
Reviewer(s): Vishwanath, W., Britz, R., Dey, S.C., Jha, B.R. & Allen, D.J.
Contributor(s): Molur, S.
Channa bleheri is a hill stream species recorded only from the Brahmaputra basin in Arunachal Pradesh and upper Assam with a restricted range of just over 20,000 km2. All hill streams in the region are threatened from decline in quality of habitat due to sedimentation from deforestation and agricultural practices.  In addition, the species is overexploited for the aquarium fish trade and the impacts of proposed dams in the species' habitat is a potential threat, hence the species is assessed as Near Threatened with recommendation to monitor the situation for a future reassessment.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Recorded from the Brahmaputra River basin, upper reaches of Assam, India (Zhang et al. 2002). Also found in the Dikrong River of Arunachal Pradesh.
Countries occurrence:
India (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam)
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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:It occurs in hill streams.
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:Yes

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Captured and traded as an ornamental fish and is at risk from over-exploitation. It is also utilised in small volumes by local fishers.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Little is known of the habitats where the species has been reported to date.  There are a number of proposed dams within Arunanchal Pradesh, and these could impact upon the species, but the nature and impact is unknown; the species is not migratory.  The species is collected for the ornamental trade and is highly valued.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Further information is required into the species habitat and population, and the likely impact of hydropower dams and the ornamental trade collection on the species populations and habitats.

Citation: Chaudhry, S. 2010. Channa bleheri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T168567A6516424. . Downloaded on 17 July 2018.
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