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Kryptopterus geminus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII SILURIFORMES SILURIDAE

Scientific Name: Kryptopterus geminus
Species Authority: Ng, 2003
Taxonomic Notes: This species was described from the Mekong River in Stung Treng province, Cambodia (Ng 2003). Prior to its recognition as a distinct species, it has been misidentified as K. cryptopterus.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2011-04-04
Assessor(s): Ng, H.H.
Reviewer(s): Allen, D.J. & Smith, K.
Contributor(s): Fisher, J.
Justification:
Even though there is no information regarding the population size and trends for this species, survey data indicates that it is still abundant throughout much of its range. It is therefore assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The species is known from the Mekong (from the mouth upriver to Vientiane, Lao PDR), Mae Khlong (the mouth to at least Kanchanaburi), Bang Pakong (from the mouth to at least Prachinburi) and Chao Phraya (the mouth upriver to at least Ayutthaya) river drainages in mainland Southeast Asia (Ng 2003).
Countries:
Native:
Cambodia; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Thailand; Viet Nam
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Population [top]

Population: There is no information available on the population size and trends for this species, but survey data indicates that it is still abundant throughout much of its range.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species typically inhabits large rivers with a substrate of sand or mud.

Dominany presence at Khone falls during dry season, exhibits peak in beginning of rainy season. (Baran et al. 2005).
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is utilized as a food fish in artisanal fisheries. It is also sporadically collected and exported as an ornamental fish.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The threats to this species are unknown, since there is no information on the biology of this species and therefore the impact of potential threats (especially those of an anthropogenic nature) remains unknown.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There is insufficient information on the distribution, biology and potential threats for this species.

Citation: Ng, H.H. 2012. Kryptopterus geminus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 27 August 2014.
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