Barbus brevipinnis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Barbus brevipinnis
Species Authority: Jubb, 1966
Common Name(s):
English Shortfin Barb
Taxonomic Notes: Many isolated subpopulations exist. Engelbrecht (1996) and Engelbrecht and van der Bank (1996) have shown genetic differences between some of these subpopulations and a broader phylogeographical study is needed.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2007
Date Assessed: 2007-03-01
Assessor(s): Engelbrecht, J., Bills, R. & Cambray, J.
Reviewer(s): Snoeks, J. (Freshwater Fish Red List Authority) & Darwall, W. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Unit)
With an area of occupancy (AOO) of less than 500 km² and a continuing decline in habitat extent and quality due to upstream activities, combined with spread of invasive alien species this species is close to qualifying as threatened under criterion B. It's current distribution across more than 10 locations means the species qualifies as Near Threatened.
1996 Vulnerable
1994 Rare (Groombridge 1994)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The main subpopulations exist in the Sabie-Sand River in Mpumalanga, the Shelangubu River tributaries in Swaziland and southern Phongolo tributaries in both Swaziland and Kwazulu-Natal provinces, South Africa.
South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, North-West Province); Swaziland
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurs in headwater streams. Typically found associated with banks, root stocks and marginal vegetation. Not abundant where encountered in Swaziland. In the Sabie River system it can be common.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Threatened by varied impacts in upland catchments - sedimentation caused by forestry activities, predation by alien trout, affects of dams and water abstraction.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Eradication of trout from certain key conservation catchments may help. Discussions with forestry companies and riparian land owners to attempt to reduce sedimentation impacts may also help e.g., increasing riparian buffer zones.

Citation: Engelbrecht, J., Bills, R. & Cambray, J. 2007. Barbus brevipinnis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 31 March 2015.
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