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Barbus sp. nov. 'Chimanimani'

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII CYPRINIFORMES CYPRINIDAE

Scientific Name: Barbus sp. nov. 'Chimanimani'
Common Name/s:
English Chimanimani Chubbyhead
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.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2007
Date Assessed: 2007-03-01
Assessor/s: Engelbrecht, J. & Bills, R.
Reviewer/s: Snoeks, J. (Freshwater Fish Red List Authority) & Darwall, W. (Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Unit)
Justification:
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.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Only known from a few middle-order streams within the Mozambique section of the Chimanimani Transfrontier Conservation Area.
Countries:
Native:
Mozambique
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Population [top]

Population: Vegetated margins of medium sized rocky streams.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

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.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

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'. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 21 April 2014.
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