Plicofollis dussumieri 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Siluriformes Ariidae

Scientific Name: Plicofollis dussumieri
Species Authority: (Valenciennes, 1840)
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English Blacktip Sea Catfish, Shupanga Sea Catfish, Giant Marine Catfish, Dussumier's Catfish, Tropical Seacatfish
French Machoiron Pointes Noires
Spanish Bagre Puntas Negras
Ariodes dussumieri (Valenciennes, 1840)
Arius dussumieri Valenciennes, 1840
Arius goniaspis Bleeker, 1858
Arius kirkii Günther, 1864
Tachysurus dussumieri Misra, 1976

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2007-03-01
Assessor(s): Devi, R. & Boguskaya, N.
Reviewer(s): Collen, B., Darwall, W., Ram, M. & Smith, K. (SRLI Freshwater Fish Evaluation Workshop)
Assessed as Least Concern due to its very large distribution and the lack of any known major widespread threats. Though it is utilized, there is no evidence at present that this poses a major threat to the species, however, further research into harvest levels would be beneficial in confirming this.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in the Indian Ocean, and is also found in the lower reaches of rivers flowing into the ocean; from Mozambique and Madagascar to Sri Lanka, the east coast of India, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sumatra.
Countries occurrence:
India; Iran, Islamic Republic of; Kenya; Madagascar; Mozambique; Sri Lanka; Tanzania, United Republic of; Yemen
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – western; Indian Ocean – eastern
Lower depth limit (metres): 50
Upper depth limit (metres): 20
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Population [top]

Population: Detailed population information is lacking for this species although it is noted to be stable.
Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: A. dussumieri is a demersal fish, found along the coast and in estuaries and mangroves. It also enters the lower parts of rivers.
Systems: Freshwater; Marine

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: A. dussumieri is marketed fresh and dried-salted, and its air bladder is utilized for isinglass.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no threats currently known for this species; although the species is known to be harvested for food, it is not thought to be at a rate to cause concern.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known if there are any conservation measures in place or needed.

Citation: Devi, R. & Boguskaya, N. 2009. Plicofollis dussumieri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T169632A6658484. . Downloaded on 30 November 2015.
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