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Chiloglanis elisabethianus 

Scope: Global, Pan-Africa & Central Africa
Language: English
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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Siluriformes Mochokidae

Scientific Name: Chiloglanis elisabethianus Boulenger, 1915

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-02-16
Assessor(s): Moelants, T.
Reviewer(s): Brummett, R., Mbe Tawe, A.N., Dening Touokong, C., Reid, G.M., Snoeks, J. Staissny, M., Moelants, T., Mamonekene, V., Ndodet, B., Ifuta, S.N.B., Chilala, A., Monsembula, R., Ibala Zamba, A., Opoye Itoua, O., Pouomogne, V., Darwall, W. & Smith, K.
Justification:
In the Katanga region, mining for cobalt, copper, tin, uranium, dams and the use of toxic plants for fishing and overfishing form threats in this region. Overfishing in Luapula and Lake Mweru with drawnets pose threats to the species. The AOO is estimated to be less than 2,000 km². The species is known from fewer than 10 locations.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Chiloglanis elisabethianus occurs in the Lubumbashi River at Elisabethville, at Kiubo in the rapids below the falls of the Lufira and Luwilombo Rivers and at the Ngoma River, below the Ntumbatushi Falls, all in the outer range of the upper Congo River basin.
Countries occurrence:
Native:
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Zambia
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Population [top]

Population:No information available.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Chiloglanis elisabethianus is a benthopelagic species. It is oviparous and has a distinct pairing during breeding (Breder and Rosen 1966).
Systems:Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is harvested for human consumption.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): In the Katanga region, mining for cobalt, copper, tin, uranium, dams and the use of toxic plants for fishing and overfishing form threats in this region. Overfishing in Luapula and Lake Mweru with drawnets pose threats to the species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The last preparations for a Belgian fish project for pisciculture and aquaculture of 5 years are being made. The project is going to start this year. Awareness and education projects have been and are being done before the start of this project. A possible problem is that the fishermen who sell other species than the cheap aquaculture species will not sell anything. It is difficult to convince fishermen to do the aquaculture. If it is well sustained, pisciculture could however form a possible solution. Since 2007 it has been prohibited to fish in Lake Mweru and the Luapula River on the Congolese site of the border. In Zambia, there is the Kasanka National Park around Lake Bangweulu. The fines didn’t work in this region. Even scientific collections were stopped. The government has burned 10,000 nets after measuring the nets. The governor (Morris Katunge) has paid the fishermen. Since 1st of May 2008, fishing was allowed again, but with controlled mesh sizes. The locations on the Lufira River are located in the Upemba National Park.

Citation: Moelants, T. 2010. Chiloglanis elisabethianus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T181615A7689869. . Downloaded on 15 October 2018.
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