Schistura sijuensis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Cypriniformes Balitoridae

Scientific Name: Schistura sijuensis (Menon, 1987)
Taxonomic Notes: Menon (1987) described Noemacheilus sijuensis from Siju cave, Meghalaya, India. Kottelat et al. (2007) treated the species in the genus Schistura.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2010-01-21
Assessor(s): Vishwanath, W.
Reviewer(s): Barbhuiya, A.H., Rema Devi, K.R., Dahanukar, N. & Juffe Bignoli, D.
Contributor(s): Molur, S.
This species is only found in a single location, the Siju cave of Garo Hills, Meghalaya, which has an area of approximately 400 km². Several threats, such as mining, quarrying and deforestation, are destroying this species' habitat. It is therefore assessed as Endangered.

The species may be present in suitable habitat in the adjacent state of Nagaland.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Schistura sijuensis is only recorded from Siju cave in the Garo Hills, Meghalaya, India. Occurrence in adjacent habitat in Nagaland needs confirmation.
Countries occurrence:
India (Meghalaya)
Additional data:
Estimated area of occupancy (AOO) - km2:100Continuing decline in area of occupancy (AOO):Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in area of occupancy (AOO):UnknownEstimated extent of occurrence (EOO) - km2:400
Continuing decline in extent of occurrence (EOO):Unknown
Number of Locations:1
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Population [top]

Population:There is no information on the population and its trends for this species.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Schistura sijuensis is a cave-dwelling species.
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:Yes

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: The species is not in use or trade.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Main threats to this species are quarrying and mining for limestone. Deforestation is also reducing habitat quality as it produces siltation and habitat disturbance.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

No conservation measures are in place. This cave should be designated as a protected area.

Citation: Vishwanath, W. 2010. Schistura sijuensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T19977A9127221. . Downloaded on 19 September 2018.
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