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Chiloglanis swierstrai

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII SILURIFORMES MOCHOKIDAE

Scientific Name: Chiloglanis swierstrai
Species Authority: Van Der Horst, 1931
Common Name(s):
English Lowveld Suckermouth, Rock Catlet
Synonym(s):
Chiloglanis engiops Crass, 1960
Taxonomic Notes: As with the other southern Chiloglanis species with wide geographical ranges this species exibits a degree of colour pattern and morphological variation across its range. This is being studied by Matlatla et al.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2007
Date Assessed: 2007-03-01
Assessor(s): Bills, R., Engelbrecht, J., Marshall, B.E. & Cambray, J.
Reviewer(s): Snoeks, J. (Freshwater Fish Red List Authority) & Darwall, W. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Unit)
Justification:
Widespread and common in suitable habitats within much of its southern range in Mpumalanga, Swaziland and KwaZulu-Natal. Although populations in northern parts of its range in the Limpopo River appear to have declined it does not qualify for any of the endangered criteria.
History:
1994 Insufficiently Known (Groombridge 1994)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Phongolo River in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa north to the Limpopo in southern Zimbabwe.
Countries:
Native:
Mozambique; South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga); Swaziland; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Found in sandy habitats in larger streams and rivers. The species buries itself in the sand substrate and forages on drift invertebrates and those in the substrate.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat degradation. Sedimentation of habitats from varied forestry and agricultural activities affect this and all other Chiloglanis species. Chemical pollution from industries, large towns and agriculture also locally affect Chiloglanis. Require permanent flows and have disappeared from the Letaba River.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: River health programmes aimed at improving the conservation of aquatic habitats should be supported. Widespread establishment of conservancies may also help in conserving aquatic habitats.

Citation: Bills, R., Engelbrecht, J., Marshall, B.E. & Cambray, J. 2007. Chiloglanis swierstrai. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 July 2014.
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