Rhabdalestes smykalai


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Rhabdalestes smykalai
Species Authority: (Poll, 1967)
Common Name/s:
English Blue diamond characin
Alestopetersius smykalai Poll, 1967
Hemigrammopetersius smykalai (Poll, 1967)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2006-04-30
Assessor/s: Olaosebikan, B.D. & Lalèyè, P.
Reviewer/s: Abban, K. & Darwall, W.
This species seems to be known only from Lower Niger in Nigeria in six or seven locations. Its EOO is more than 20,000 km², but many of these locations defined are threatened by oil exploration. It is therefore assessed as Near Threatened.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to West Africa, Nigeria. This fish has only been collected from the Niger Delta
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Population [top]

Population: No available data.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This characid grows to 6.0 cm in total length. It is non-migratory
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is threatened by oil exploration and consequential degradation of habitat in the Lower Niger Delta.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: None known. It is recommended that oil companies develop a containment programme for this species in its localised environment.
Citation: Olaosebikan, B.D. & Lalèyè, P. 2010. Rhabdalestes smykalai. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 21 April 2014.
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