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Gilchristella aestuaria

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII CLUPEIFORMES CLUPEIDAE

Scientific Name: Gilchristella aestuaria
Species Authority: (Gilchrist, 1913)
Common Name(s):
English Estuarine Round Herring
Synonym(s):
Spratelloides aestuarius Gilchrist, 1913

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2007
Date Assessed: 2007-03-01
Assessor(s): Bills, R.
Reviewer(s): Snoeks, J. (Freshwater Fish Red List Authority) & Darwall, W. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Unit)
Justification:
Widely distributed around the southern African coastal river systems and estuaries. In many places it is abundant. No indication of major threats to this species.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: South-west to south-east African coastal systems. Ranging from Namibia to at least Maputo, Mozambique.
Countries:
Native:
Mozambique; Namibia; South Africa (Eastern Cape Province, KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Cape Province, Western Cape)
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Population [top]

Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Present in open and closed estuaries, lower reaches of some large rivers just above estuary heads and some permanent coastal, freshwater lakes.
Systems: Freshwater; Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): High salinities in estuarine systems have resulted in mass mortalities. Salinity increases are often due to over-extraction of water from upper catchments.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: River health and water conservation programmes are needed to ensure healthy estuarine conditions.

Citation: Bills, R. 2007. Gilchristella aestuaria. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 18 September 2014.
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