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Sicyopterus punctissimus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Gobiidae

Scientific Name: Sicyopterus punctissimus
Species Authority: Sparks & Nelson, 2004
Taxonomic Notes: Submitted as Sicyopterus sp. nov. 'Masoala' and subsequently changed to Sicypoterus punctissimus on recommendation of Paul Loiselle.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2016-07-02
Assessor(s): Sparks, J.S.
Reviewer(s): Raminosoa, N., Rasoloariniaina, R, Ravelomanana, T. & Velosoa, J.
Contributor(s): Loiselle, P.V. & Participants of the CBSG/ANGAP CAMP "Faune de Madagascar" workshop, Mantasoa, Madagascar 2001
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Darwall, W.R.T.
Justification:
This species has a restricted range in northeastern Madagascar where it is uncommon. Data are lacking to assess population status and any changes in distribution. Specimens referable to the new species have historically been misidentified as Sicyopterus lagocephalus, a taxon which does not occur in the Indian Ocean region (and a taxon of uncertain placement beyond the subfamilial level) (Sparks and Nelson 2004). Additional surveys in remote, forested regions of northeastern Madagascar are required to accurately assess the status of this species (J. Sparks pers. obs.). This species is classified as Data Deficient as there has been no additional information collected since the previous assessment.
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Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Sicyopterus punctissimus is endemic to northeastern Madagascar.
Countries occurrence:
Native:
Madagascar
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Population [top]

Population:Sicyopterus punctissimus is known from only a few isolated collection localities in northeastern Madagascar on the eastern slope of the Masoala Peninsula, northeastern Madagascar (Sparks and Nelson, 2004). Sicyopterus franouxi is sympatric with the new species, but unlike S. punctissimus, the range of S. franouxi extends much farther south (to the southeastern highlands) (Sparks and Nelson, 2004).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Restricted to clear, swift-flowing streams and rivers on the eastern slope of the Masoala Peninsula, northeastern Madagascar (Sparks and Nelson, 2004)
Systems:Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: No use/trade information is available for this species.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Deforestation in the region is a threat to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Occurs within Masoala National Park and Marojejy National Park (Sparks and Nelson, 2004).

Citation: Sparks, J.S. 2016. Sicyopterus punctissimus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T44663A96230680. . Downloaded on 26 May 2017.
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