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Distichodus brevipinnis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII CHARACIFORMES DISTICHODONTIDAE

Scientific Name: Distichodus brevipinnis
Species Authority: Günther, 1864

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-05-01
Assessor(s): Entsua-Mensah, M., Getahun, A. & Lalèyè, P.
Reviewer(s): Snoeks, J., Tweddle, D., Getahun, A., Lalèyè, P., Paugy, D., Zaiss, R., Fishar, M.R.A & Brooks, E.
Justification:
This species has a wide distribution, with no known major widespread threats. It is therefore listed as Least Concern. It has also been assessed regionally as Least Concern for western Africa, but nevertheless locally threatened by oil spills in Nigeria, aquatic weeds in the Volta basin and possible dam construction in the Senegal and Niger basins. Insufficient information is known on the species distribution in north eastern Africa, and it has been categorized as Data Deficient.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This is a wide ranging species from Senegal to Ethiopia.

Northeast Africa: It is known from the White Nile and Lake Roseires, Sudan, as well as the Blue Nile and Baro River, Ethiopia.

Western Africa: It occurs in the basins of the Senegal, Gambia, Niger (down-river from Bamako), Volta, as well as in the Chad. Unlike D. rostratus, its distribution area does not include the lower course of the Volta and other coastal basins located between Gambia and the Niger.
Countries:
Native:
Benin; Burkina Faso; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Chad; Ethiopia; Gambia; Guinea; Mali; Nigeria; Senegal; South Sudan; Sudan
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Population [top]

Population: No information available.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species prefers flowing water, and feeds on vegetation and periphyton (Holden and Reed 1972)
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

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

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Threats to this fish species may stem from deforestation and bad agricultural practices in the areas of these northern basins, and the resultant increases in sediment loads. Heavy fishing practices and oil drilling may also affect some populations.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There is a conservation policy in place in Ghana (Inland fisheries policy; Wetlands Management Strategy). More policy-based action should be put in place, as well as population trend monitoring, and the maintenance of this species habitats.

Citation: Entsua-Mensah, M., Getahun, A. & Lalèyè, P. 2010. Distichodus brevipinnis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 28 July 2014.
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