Barbus sp. nov. 'Chimanimani'
|Scientific Name:||Barbus sp. nov. 'Chimanimani'|
|Taxonomic Notes:||An undescribed species within the southern Barbus anoplus complex (voucher specimen held by the South African Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB)). Only known from a few streams within the upper Buzi system in Mozambique.|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||Engelbrecht, J. & Bills, R.|
|Reviewer(s):||Snoeks, J. (Freshwater Fish Red List Authority) & Darwall, W. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Unit)|
Only collected in a few middle-order streams in the Chimanimani TFCA, Mozambique. No where abundant. Presumably this species is more widespread within the upper Buzi system and surveys are needed to determine this. Considering the present impacts of gold mining and poisoning already taking place plus the small known area of occupancy (four sites and less than 1 km²) this species clearly fits into Vulnerable - D2 category.
|Range Description:||Only known from a few middle-order streams within the Mozambique section of the Chimanimani Transfrontier Conservation Area.|
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|Population:||Vegetated margins of medium sized rocky streams.|
|Current Population Trend:||Unknown|
|Habitat and Ecology:||The streams of this area are impacted by subsistence fishermen who use local fish poisons and there is gold mining activity. The latter causes increased sediment loads and potentially mercury poisoning from gold extraction methods.|
|Major Threat(s):||Both fish poisoning and gold mining are illegal activities within the Chimanimani TFCA. Enforcement of laws and education of rural people is needed.|
|Citation:||Engelbrecht, J. & Bills, R. 2007. Barbus sp. nov. 'Chimanimani'. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2007: e.T63386A12655145.Downloaded on 26 February 2017.|
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