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Lanceolaria bilirata

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA MOLLUSCA BIVALVIA UNIONOIDA UNIONIDAE

Scientific Name: Lanceolaria bilirata
Species Authority: von Martens, 1902
Taxonomic Notes: It has been used as a subspecies of Lanceolaria oxyrhyncha Von Martens, 1902 of Japan (http://fada.biodiversity.be/) (Haas 1969).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B1ab(i,ii,iii,v)+2ab(i,ii,iii,v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2010-12-03
Assessor(s): Do, V.
Reviewer(s): Van Damme, D., Bogan, A.E., Tran, L. & García, N.
Justification:
Lanceolaria bilirata is known at global level only from one location in Viet Nam, where it is threatened by over-harvesting for food, mining, water pollution and deforestation, which are believed to be  in the cause of the observed decline in populations. Its distribution area is very small (less than 10 km2) and therefore it qualifies for the category Critically Endangered.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is distributed only in northeast Viet Nam where it is known from Bang River in Cao Bang province.
Countries:
Native:
Viet Nam
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Population [top]

Population: This species is not common and there is very little information on its population. Surveys conducted indicate observed declines in population (V. Do pers. comm. 2011).
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species inhabits streams and rivers in midlands and mountains.
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Local people use freshwater mussels as a ready food source, so the mussels are often caught and sold in the markets.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

The main threats to this species are overexploitation, water pollution, mining  and deforestation.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Surveys need to be conducted in Bang river in northeast Viet Nam to obtain information on the population, distribution, and ecological requirements of this species. Conservation actions which are needed include protection of its important habitats from direct and indirect impacts, and preventing exploitation of this species.

Citation: Do, V. 2013. Lanceolaria bilirata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 01 August 2014.
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