Puntius mudumalaiensis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Puntius mudumalaiensis
Species Authority: Menon & Rema Devi, 1992
Taxonomic Notes: Puntius mudumalaiensis was described by Menon and Devi (1992) from Kakkanhalla stream in Mudumalai, Tamil Nadu.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2010-08-28
Assessor(s): Shaji, C.P.
Reviewer(s): Ali, A., Dahanukar, N., Raghavan, R. & Molur, S.
Contributor(s): Molur, S.
Puntius mudumalaiensis has been recorded from only two locations. Its habitat is under threat from development activities and dams resulting in declining quality in the non-protected location. The inferred extent of occurrence is around 12,000 km², hence it is assessed as Vulnerable.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Puntius mudumalaiensis is endemic to the Western Ghats, where it is known from the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary (Menon and Devi 1992, Manimekalan 1998) and the freshwater bodies of Dharmapuri District (Devi and Raghunathan 1999) of Cauvery drainage.
India (Tamil Nadu)
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Population [top]

Population: Puntius mudumalaiensis is a rare species (Manimekalan 1998).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is likely to occur in the headwaters of rivers with clear, fast flowing water with a substrate of cobbles and gravel (R. Kumar and M. Arunachalam pers. comm.).
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not in ornamental fish trade.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The habitat in Dharmapuri is under threat due to deforestation and agricultural runoff from pineapple cultivation (Rahul Kumar and M. Arunachalam pers. comm.).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There is no specific conservation action plan directed towards this species. The species is known from Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. Research is essential on population trends, life history and specific threats to the species.

Citation: Shaji, C.P. 2013. Puntius mudumalaiensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 31 March 2015.
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