Platanichthys platana 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Clupeiformes Clupeidae

Scientific Name: Platanichthys platana (Regan, 1917)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2017
Date Assessed: 2017-03-05
Assessor(s): Di Dario, F. & Williams, J.T.
Reviewer(s): Birge, T.L.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Bullock, R.W.

Platanichthys platana is a pelagic, coastal, amphidromous species widely distributed from southeastern Brazil to Uruguay and Argentina. Population information is limited though it is locally abundant. This species is not directly targeted by fisheries and no conservation measures are in place; however, parts of its range overlaps with marine protected areas. Given that this species is locally abundant with no major threats, Platanichthys platana is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Platanichthys platana is found from the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Uruguay and Argentina (Whitehead 1985). This species has a depth range of 0 to 50 m (Whitehead 1985).
Countries occurrence:
Argentina; Brazil; Uruguay
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Atlantic – southwest
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):50
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Population [top]

Population:Population information for this species is limited. Platanichthys platana is locally abundant throughout its range (Aguiaro et al. 2003, Colautti et al. 2015, Petry et al. 2016).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Platanichthys platana is found in fresh and coastal marine waters of Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina (Whitehead 1985). It has a maximum standard length of 6.7 cm but is more commonly found to be 5 cm (Whitehead 1985).
Systems:Freshwater; Marine
Movement patterns:Unknown

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Platanichthys platana is not commercially utilized, but contributes to bycatch in shrimp trawling fisheries.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Major threats impacting this species are unknown. Given that this species resides in coastal and freshwater habitats, it may be negatively impacted by estuarine and riverine degradation, however the extent is not known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No known species-specific conservation measures are in place, however its range overlaps with marine protected areas throughout both marine and freshwater environments (IUCN and UNEP-WCMC 2016), such as the Iguaza National Park located in the Northeastern tip of Argentina (UNESCO 2016).

Citation: Di Dario, F. & Williams, J.T. 2017. Platanichthys platana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T186910A1820219. . Downloaded on 15 October 2018.
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