Dayella malabarica 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Clupeiformes Clupeidae

Scientific Name: Dayella malabarica (Day, 1873)
Common Name(s):
English Day's Round Herring
Spratelloides malabaricus Day, 1873
Taxonomic Notes:  Dayella malabarica was originally described by Day (1873) from erstwhile Malabar. 

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2010-10-13
Assessor(s): Ali, A. & Raghavan, R.
Reviewer(s): Madhusoodana Kurup, B. & Cox, N.A.
Contributor(s): Molur, S.

Dayella malabarica is widely distributed in Kerala and although it faces some threats leading to habitat declines, it is still assessed as Least Concern.  It is recommended that the species is studied and monitored to better understand the status.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:

Dayella malabarica is endemic to southwestern India, where it is widely distributed and known from the upper reaches of Vembanad Lake in Kerala and many other rivers (Kurup and Radhakrishnan 2006), including Chalakudy (Raghavan et al. 2008).

Countries occurrence:
India (Kerala)
Additional data:
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Population [top]

Population:Although it is distributed in the lowland areas of many rivers of Kerala, it is relatively rare (Kurup and Radhakrishnan 2006).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:

D. malabarica inhabits both lowland rivers and the area where rivers reach the backwaters.

Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:Yes

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There is no use or trade of D. malabarica.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There is an on going decline in the area and quality of habitats frequented by D. malabarica where they occur due to increased ecological transformation, sedimentation, pollution from point sources and destructive fishing practices.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There is a need to gather baseline information on the population and life history traits of this species to inform future conservation action. It is not present in any protected areas.

Citation: Ali, A. & Raghavan, R. 2011. Dayella malabarica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2011: e.T172314A6865751. . Downloaded on 20 November 2017.
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