Irvineia voltae 

Scope: Global, Western Africa & Pan-Africa
Language: English

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Siluriformes Schilbeidae

Scientific Name: Irvineia voltae Trewavas, 1943
Common Name(s):
English Butterfish

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(ii,iii)+2ab(ii,iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2006-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Entsua-Mensah, M. & Lalèyè, P.
Reviewer(s): Snoeks, J., Darwall, W. & Smith, K.
Only known from the lower Volta basin (with an EOO of less than 20,000 km2, an AOO of less than 2,000 km2, and known from fewer than five locations) with habitat quality declining due to water pollution from agriculture.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to the Lower Volta.
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Population [top]

Population:No data available on population trends.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:No available data.

Use and Trade [top]

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

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Bad agricultural practices in areas around the Volta may pose potential threats to this fish species. Increased sediments and levels of pesticides, fertilizers and other agrochemicals can harmfully impact the ecosystems, and negatively affect the fish. Other potential problems include aquatic weeds and pollution from inadequately treated human waste.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There is a conservation policy in place in Ghana (Inland fisheries policy; Wetlands Management Strategy)

Citation: Entsua-Mensah, M. & Lalèyè, P. 2010. Irvineia voltae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T182333A7862157. . Downloaded on 22 July 2018.
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