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Barbodes bovanicus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII CYPRINIFORMES CYPRINIDAE

Scientific Name: Barbodes bovanicus
Species Authority: (Day, 1877)
Common Name(s):
English Bovany Barb
Synonym(s):
Barbus bovanicus Day, 1877
Taxonomic Notes: Day (1878) described Barbodes bovanicus from Bhavani river at the base of Nilgiri hills.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered D ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2010-09-12
Assessor(s): Manimekalan, A., Dahanukar, N., Raghavan, R. & Ali, A.
Reviewer(s): Abraham, R., Krishna , K.K. & Cox, N.A.
Contributor(s): Molur, S.
Justification:

Barbodes bovanicus is assessed as Critically Endangered Possibly Extinct. It has undergone a drastic population decline, the causes of which are unclear and the last individual was recorded in 1998. Only the population in the Mettur reservoir (2 km²) is thought  to still be extant, however, surveys conducted over the last decade at Mettur reservoir have not yielded any specimens (M. Arunachalam pers. comm. 2010). More surveys are needed to see if the species is still extant or has become extinct.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Barbodes bovanicus has been recorded from the Bhavani river system and the Cauvery river system at the base of the Nilgiri hills, Tamil Nadu. Apparently only the population in the Mettur reservoir survives today (Menon 1999). However, surveys conducted over the last decade at Mettur reservoir have not yielded any specimens (M. Arunachalam pers. comm. 2010). The last individual collected was in 1998 from Mudumalai (Manimekalan 1998).
Countries:
Possibly extinct:
India (Tamil Nadu)
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Population [top]

Population: The population status is unknown. The last individual collected was in 1998 (Manimekalan 1998).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Collected from Mudumalai in a larger (fourth order) stream. The water was turbid with boulders and good riparian cover (A. Manimekalan pers. obs.)
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There is no information on the use of this species.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The threats to this species are not known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has been recorded from the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. Urgent surveys are needed to relocate this species.

Citation: Manimekalan, A., Dahanukar, N., Raghavan, R. & Ali, A. 2013. Barbodes bovanicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 20 September 2014.
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