Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Siluriformes Sisoridae

Scientific Name: Glyptothorax botius
Species Authority: (Hamilton, 1822)
Pimelodus botius Hamilton, 1822
Taxonomic Notes: Glyptothorax botius was described from Patgaon in Assam, India (Hamilton 1822), but given the taxonomic confusion surrounding this species and the fact that no type material of this species is extant, a neotype from the Hooghly River at Kalna, West Bengal, India was designated by Ng (2005). This species was previously considered a synonym of G. telchitta (e.g. Menon 1999), but Ng (2005) demonstrated the distinctiveness of the two species and revalidated G. botius. Previous records of G. telchitta in the literature may refer to both G. telchitta and this species.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2010-02-23
Assessor(s): Ng, H.H.
Reviewer(s): Allen, D.J., Molur, S., Vishwanath, W. & Dahanukar, N.
Contributor(s): Molur, S.
Glyptothorax botius is known from the Ganges and Brahmaputra River drainages in India (and presumably also present in Bangladesh). Whilst there is limited information on the species distribution and population, it is present within two large drainages and is not thought to be heavily utilised. It is assessed as Least Concern at present.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from the Ganges and Brahmaputra River drainage in India (and presumably Bangladesh).
Countries occurrence:
India (Assam, Nagaland, West Bengal)
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Population [top]

Population: There is no information on the population and trend for this species.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Continuing decline of mature individuals: Unknown
Extreme fluctuations: Unknown Population severely fragmented: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species inhabits large, swift-flowing rivers with a sandy/muddy bottom.
Systems: Freshwater
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat: Unknown

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is sometimes encountered as bycatch in ornamental fish exports targeting G. telchitta.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The threats to this species are unknown, since there is little information on the biology of this species and therefore the impact of potential threats (especially those of an anthropogenic nature) remains unknown. The current threats to aquatic biodiversity in all of its known distribution have also not been adequately identified.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: More research about the population size and trends, distribution and the biology of this species is needed, as there is insufficient information available. Potential threats to this species also need to be identified.

Citation: Ng, H.H. 2010. Glyptothorax botius. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T168599A6522569. . Downloaded on 10 October 2015.
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