Botia almorhae

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII CYPRINIFORMES COBITIDAE

Scientific Name: Botia almorhae
Species Authority: Gray, 1831
Common Name(s):
English Yoyo
Synonym(s):
Botia grandis Gray, 1832
Taxonomic Notes:

Botia almorhae is commonly called the Yoyo Loach due to its bands which spell 'yo yo'.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2010-05-31
Assessor(s): Chaudhry, S.
Reviewer(s): Rema Devi, K.R., Arunachalam, M., Dahanukar, N., Vishwanath, W., Daniel, B.A. & Molur, S.
Contributor(s): Molur, S.
Justification:
Botia almorhae is a widespread and hardy species with fairly common distribution in some areas. Although a few threats such as deforestation effects, fishing for ornamental trade are reported, until further studies are conducted to understand the impacts of these in the long run, the species is assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:

The species is reported from Bihar (Jamwari River: Saram; Shalkia River: Chapra District), Rajasthan (Gambhir River: Sawai Madhopur), Uttar Pradesh (Rapti River: Gorakhpur; Koshi River: Almorha; Markonda River: Almorha), Nepal (Gandak River; Narayani River, Narsi) (Menon 1992). 

Countries:
Native:
India (Bihar, Rajasthan, Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh); Nepal
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Population [top]

Population: It is a fairly hardy species and has been reported fairly common in catches (CPUE) in Ramganga River.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It appears to be migratory as the young ones are found in the lower hills and adults at the higher elevation; prefers rocky and gravelly streams.
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is commonly used as an ornamental fish.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The areas where the species is found is deforested and siltation causes choking of water body. Besides this, sand mining and quarrying and ornamental fish trade are the other concerns. However this species is hardy and widespread.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

There are no known conservation measures documented for the species. Although it is a hardy species, the impacts of threats and ornamental fish trade need to be studied and monitored to understand population trends.

Bibliography [top]

IUCN. 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2010.4). Available at: http://www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 27 October 2010).

Menon, A.G.K. 1992. Fauna of India: Cobitoidea - Cobitidae. Zoological survey of India, Kolkatta.


Citation: Chaudhry, S. 2010. Botia almorhae. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 29 August 2014.
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