Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Cypriniformes Cyprinidae

Scientific Name: Varicorhinus platystoma
Species Authority: Pappenheim, 1914

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B1ab(i,ii,iii)+2ab(i,ii,iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2006
Date Assessed: 2006-01-31
Assessor(s): Ntakimazi, G.
Reviewer(s): Snoeks, J. (Freshwater Fish Red List Authority) & Darwall, W. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Programme)
Known only from the Mukungwa river, a fast-flowing river in upper Akagera (Rwanda). The estimated extent of occurrence is less than 100 km² and area of occupancy less than 10 km². Its habitat is declining in extent and quality due to increasing water turbidity due to erosion of the watershed and agriculture extension.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Mukungwa River (tributary of the Upper Akagera in Rwanda).
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: Rare in fisheries catches.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Found in fast flowing major rivers where it feeds on varied benthic food items including, insects, ostracods and worms.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Water turbidity due to erosion of river basins and farming extension.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No information.

Citation: Ntakimazi, G. 2006. Varicorhinus platystoma. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2006: e.T61232A12452006. . Downloaded on 08 October 2015.
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