Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Characiformes Alestidae

Scientific Name: Hydrocynus goliath
Species Authority: Boulenger, 1898
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English Giant tigerfish, Giant tigerfish (FB)
Hydrocynus vittiger (Boulenger, 1907)
Hydrocyon goliath Boulenger, 1898
Hydrocyon vittatus Boulenger, 1898
Hydrocyon vittiger Boulenger, 1907

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern 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.
The species is widespread or without major threats throughout central Africa and is assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Hydrocynus goliath is known from throughout the Congo River basin, with exception of the Mweru-Luapula-Bangweulu system.
Countries occurrence:
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Zambia
Range Map: Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

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

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Hydrocynus goliath is a pelagic species. It inhabits lakes and large rivers (Eccles 1992).
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is fished for human consumption, and sport.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): None known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None known.

Citation: Moelants, T. 2010. Hydrocynus goliath. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T182833A7980766. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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