|Red List Category & Criteria:
||Loiselle, P. & participants of the CBSG/ANGAP CAMP "Faune de Madagascar" workshop, Mantasoa, Madagascar 2001
||Stiassny, M.L.J., Sparks, J.S. (AMNH, New York) & Darwall, W (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Programme)
This species is in the process of being formally described (Sparks and Nelson 2004) with voucher specimens deposited in the American Museum of Natural History. It has a restricted range in northeastern Madagascar where it is uncommon. Data are lacking to assess population status and any change 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). Determining the relationship of this taxon to (and distinctiveness from) East African forms needs further work. Moreover, it remains unclear whether there are multiple congeners present in Madagascar. This species is classified as Data Deficient.