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Chilatherina sentaniensis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII ATHERINIFORMES MELANOTAENIIDAE

Scientific Name: Chilatherina sentaniensis
Species Authority: (Weber, 1907)
Common Name/s:
English Sentani Rainbowfish

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered A1ace ver 2.3
Year Published: 1996
Date Assessed: 1996-08-01
Annotations:
Needs updating
Assessor/s: Allen, G.
History:
1994 Rare (Groombridge 1994)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: C. sentaniensis is endemic to Indonesia, occurring in Lake Sentani and in its tributaries.
Countries:
Native:
Indonesia (Irian Jaya)
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Population [top]

Population: The species was reported as being common in the 1950s. However. repeated attempts to collect the fish over the last 20 years have yielded only around ten specimens taken from a single creek.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The freshwater lake habitat is approximately 30 km long and 2-5 km wide.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The human population living along the shore of Lake Sentani is rapidly increasing and was estimated at 25,000 in 1996. The resultant pollution from domestic waste entering the lake is a threat to the species living there. A further threat to this fish comes from the introduction of exotic species into its habitat, including carp, tilapia, walking catfish, barbs, and gouramies.
Citation: Allen, G. 1996. Chilatherina sentaniensis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 April 2014.
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