Fundulopanchax scheeli


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Fundulopanchax scheeli
Species Authority: (Radda, 1970)
Aphyosemion akamkpaense Radda, 1975
Aphyosemion burundi Scheel, 1968
Aphyosemion oeseri (non Schmidt, 1928)
Aphyosemion scheeli Radda, 1970
Aphyosemion scheeli akamkpaense Radda, 1975
Taxonomic Notes: Subgenus (Pauciradius).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(i,ii,iii,v)+2ab(i,ii,iii,v) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2006-06-30
Assessor/s: Lalèyè, P. & Olaosebikan, B.D.
Reviewer/s: Abban, K. & Darwall, W.
This fish is rare and the population size is not known in its range. Because it is easy to breed and maintain in the aquarium is not likely to suffer much wild collection by aquarists. However, it may be threatened by deforestation and habitat loss. The extent of occurrence and area of occupancy thresholds for Endangeres are met (with an EOO of less than 5000 km² and an AOO 500 km²), and the species is only known from one location (in lower Cross River in Nigeria). There is evidence of continuing decline in population and quality of habitat, so sub-critarion b is applicable. Therefore it is assessed as Endangered.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species inhabits the lower Cross river basin but is found exclusively at the eastern side of the river in southeastern Nigeria.
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Population [top]

Population: No information available.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is a semi-annual killish that grows to 6.0 cm TL. It inhabits brooks and small streams in the coastal rain forest and forested savannah flowing over soil developed from basement rock, lower Cross river basin but found exclusively at the eastern side of the river in southeastern Nigeria. It is easy to maintain in the aquarium. It is non-migratory.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is harvested for the aquarium trade (however because it is easy to breed and maintain in the aquarium, it is not likely to suffer much wild collection by aquarist). It habitat may be threatened by oil exploration and deforestation.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None known. More research is needed into this species population numbers and range, and biology and ecology, as well as monitoring and potential conservation measures. It should be ensured that any harvesting activities are managed and sustainable, and it would benefit from habitat maintenance, preferably within the protection of a protected area.
Citation: Lalèyè, P. & Olaosebikan, B.D. 2010. Fundulopanchax scheeli. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 16 April 2014.
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