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Bagrus caeruleus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII SILURIFORMES BAGRIDAE

Scientific Name: Bagrus caeruleus
Species Authority: Roberts & Stewart, 1976

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 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:
This species is restricted to a approximately 250 km stretch of the Lower Congo River in the vicinity of the Inga 1 and 2 dams. Although currently assessed as Vulnerable, should Inga 3 be built, the status would probably be upgraded to Critically Endangered.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Bagrus caeruleus is only known from the type locality (near Inga hydroelectric dam and near Gombe or Ngombe about 20 km downstream from Kinshasa). It has recently been found in between these sites.
Countries:
Native:
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
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Population [top]

Population: No information available.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Bagrus caeruleus is a demersal species that prefers streams.
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

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

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Inga 1 and 2 are existing dams with a minimal impact. Inga 3, to be built in five years, will divert a significant amount of flow. Grant Inga will block a great part of the mainstream with major impact. It can also be threatened in the future by mining in the Luozi region. The key component of concrete is found in this region, and there is potential to mining in the area.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None known.

Citation: Moelants, T. 2010. Bagrus caeruleus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 28 July 2014.
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