Astroblepus pholeter 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Siluriformes Astroblepidae

Scientific Name: Astroblepus pholeter Collette, 1962

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2014-10-07
Assessor(s): Jimenez-Prado, P. & Arguello, P.
Reviewer(s): Cox, N.A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Abba, A.M.

The species has a restricted range and probably is affected by habitat modification produced by cropland, livestock, dams and urbanization. It therefore probably qualifies for classification in a threatened category under criterion B1b(iii). However, at present the lack of precise field data, largely concerning severity of population fragmentation and number of locations, impedes determination of the appropriate category (Endangered). It is therefore classified as Near Threatened.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs in the Napo River basin of Ecuador. Its type locality is Jumandi cave in Latas, four kilometers north of Archidona, Napo Province, in eastern Ecuador, 0°20'S to 0°40'S, 77°50"W (Collette 1962). It was also collected in the Jondachi river. The extent of occurrence is estimated as 2,000 km².
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Lower elevation limit (metres):300
Upper elevation limit (metres):1200
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Population [top]

Population:Information on population size or trends is not available.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species was described in a cave but also was collected in the Jondachi river. Their diet is based on arthropod larvae.

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

This species could be affected by habitat modification and pollution produced by cropland, livestock, dams and urbanization.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

There are no direct conservation measures in place for this species. It is not known if populations are present within any protected areas. Research is needed to better determine its population size and trends and the impact of the current threats on its population.

Citation: Jimenez-Prado, P. & Arguello, P. 2016. Astroblepus pholeter. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T49830520A64844937. . Downloaded on 19 September 2018.
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