Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Cypriniformes Cyprinidae

Scientific Name: Barbodes sirang
Species Authority: Herre, 1932
Puntius sirang (Herre, 1932)
Taxonomic Source(s): Eschmeyer, W.N. (ed.). 2015. Catalog of Fishes. Updated 7 January 2015. Available at: (Accessed: 7 January 2015).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable A2cde ver 2.3
Year Published: 1996
Date Assessed: 1996-08-01
Needs updating
Assessor(s): World Conservation Monitoring Centre
Harrison and Stiassny (1999) consider this species to be possibly extinct. The matter has been referred to the relevant Specialist Group for a decision.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1994 Rare (R)
1990 Rare (R)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Occurs in Lake Lanao. Specimens collected from Lumbatan and Dansalan, 1932. Juveniles and mature individuals were found in alomost all months of sampling (E. Capuli pers comm 1996)
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: In July 1994, Bleher caught specimens on the north-eastern shore of the lake, from a 10-12 m wide stream with brown coloured waters (Bleher 1994); the species was present in considerable amounts there (E. Manalili pers. comm. 1996).
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Peak of spawning appears to occur between October and March.
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Roughly composes 50% of the monthly catch of the local fishermen from Fed 1974 to June 1977 (E. Capuli pers comm 1996). Caught by means of libut, operated like a purse seine. Sirang fishing is limited to the southern part of the lake. Reported in 1980 to be the most abundant species sold daily at Marawi City market; sold at a relatively cheap price (Escudero et al. 1980).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Threats to this species reported by Bleher (1994) include:
  • Exploitation: fish is the main diet for people in the area and the human population has increased. Traditional  fishing methods have been superseded by the use of poison (tigaw, labo, towa) and dynamite, which kill almost everything (including the fry).
  • Earthquakes: the 1955 earthquake shifted the lake to the west.
  • Introduced predatory fishes.

Citation: World Conservation Monitoring Centre. 1996. Barbodes sirang. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 1996: e.T18898A8670283. . Downloaded on 10 October 2015.
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