Hypseleotris cyprinoides 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Eleotridae

Scientific Name: Hypseleotris cyprinoides
Species Authority: (Valenciennes, 1837)
Regional Assessments:
Common Name(s):
English Tropical Carp-gudgeon, Rainbow Prigi, Golden Sleeper, Golden Carp-gudgeon
Agonostomus bryanti Bean & Weed, 1912
Eleotris cyprinoides Valenciennes, 1837
Eleotris foizonae Sauvage, 1891
Eleotris moncktoni Regan, 1908
Eleotris pectoralis Regan, 1903
Hypseleotris dayi Smith, 1950
Hypseleotris tohizonae (Steindachner, 1880)
Ophiocara aporos ssp. alexis Whitley, 1959
Ophiocara gracilis Tanaka, 1909
Taxonomic Source(s): Eschmeyer, W.N. (ed). 2014. Catalog of Fishes. Updated 6 October 2014. Available at: (Accessed: 6 October 2014).
Taxonomic Notes: This species has been greatly confused with related taxa, with one recent attempt at a solution (Thacker and Unmack 2005). Several names may apply to Indo-Pacific species: Hypseleotris agilis, H. bipartita, H. guentheri, H. leuciscus, H. modestus and H. pangel and it is not yet clear how many actual species exist within the area. Research into this problem is essential.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2011-08-22
Assessor(s): Larson, H.
Reviewer(s): Hoese, D. & Keith, P.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Pippard, H.
As the basic taxonomy of this species is still not understood (and therefore its distribution and life history data not known), this species is listed as Data Deficient. Further research is required for this species.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species (in the broadest sense) is known from South Africa, Madagascar and Reunion, Indonesia, Philippines, Palau, Fiji and Samoa.
Countries occurrence:
Comoros; Fiji; Indonesia; Japan; Madagascar; New Caledonia; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Réunion; Samoa; Singapore; South Africa
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Population [top]

Population:There is no information on population (due to taxonomic confusion).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species inhabits clear freshwater streams and small rivers, usually well upstream from tidal influence: it has been recorded 5–10 kilometres from the sea in New Guinea (Allen 1991).

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species may be sought after for the aquarium industry.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Whilst there are no known major threats to this species, it is apparently restricted to clear upstream fresh water systems, and any activities that adversely affect water quality and available habitat may have an effect on populations of this fish.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known if this species occurs within any protected areas. Research is urgently required on the taxonomy of this species as well as its true distribution and natural history requirements.

Citation: Larson, H. 2012. Hypseleotris cyprinoides. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T63355A3124969. . Downloaded on 24 October 2016.
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