Brycinus brevis 

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

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Characiformes Alestidae

Scientific Name: Brycinus brevis (Boulenger, 1903)
Common Name(s):
English Characin
Alestes brevis Boulenger, 1903

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii); D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2006-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Olaosebikan, B.D. & Lalèyè, P.
Reviewer(s): Abban, K. & Darwall, W.
This species is known from four locations (Ghana and Nigeria). The extent of occurrence is less than 20,000 km². Area of occupancy is thought to be more than 2,000 km².There is an ongoing decline in habitat quality due to oil exploration (Niger Delta) and deforestation (Ogun river basin).There are no data on fluctuation of population. The species therefore qualifies as vulnerable under Criterion B. As the species is restricted to four locations it also qualifies for Vulnerable D2.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to Western Africa. The species is found in the Southern Ghana and in the Southern Nigeria (Ogun, Niger Delta and Benue Rivers).
Countries occurrence:
Ghana; Nigeria
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Population [top]

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

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This characid grows to 22.5 cm in total length. It migrates upriver for spawning.
Movement patterns:Full Migrant

Use and Trade [top]

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

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There is an ongoing decline in habitat quality due to oil exploration (Niger Delta) and deforestation (Ogun river basin).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No available data.

Citation: Olaosebikan, B.D. & Lalèyè, P. 2010. Brycinus brevis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T182627A7929625. . Downloaded on 16 October 2018.
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