Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Cypriniformes Cyprinidae

Scientific Name: Devario aequipinnatus
Species Authority: (McClelland, 1839)
Taxonomic Notes: McClelland (1939) described Perilampus aequipinnatus from Assam. Fang (2001) placed it under the genus Devario.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2010-01-22
Assessor(s): Vishwanath, W.
Reviewer(s): Juffe Bignoli, D., Rema Devi, K.R., Dahanukar, N. & Chaudhry, S.
Contributor(s): Molur, S.

Devario aequipinnatus is a widely distributed species, common throughout out its range, with no major widespread threats. It is therefore assessed as Least Concern.


Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Devario aequipinnatus is widely distributed all over India.
Countries occurrence:
India; Nepal; Sri Lanka
Continuing decline in extent of occurrence (EOO):Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in extent of occurrence (EOO):Unknown
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Population [top]


There is no information on the population and its trends for this species, but survey data suggests that it is relatively widespread and common.

Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Continuing decline of mature individuals:Yes
Extreme fluctuations:UnknownPopulation severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Hill sttream fish, inhabits streams as low as 300 m elevation . The fish is accustomed to life under varying water conditions in nature. It thrive well along with considerable number of other fishes. It proves to be peaceful and hardy in aquariums. Giant danios abound in running streams and rivers, and are generally acustomed to moderately cool and well-aerated water.
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:Yes

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This is a widely distributed and beautiful species of the fresh waters, an ideal aquarium fish. It attains a length of 15 cm.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

Since the species is a good aquarium fish, it might suffer the threat of overexploitation.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

No specific conservation measures in place for this species. Some research in taxonomy, population size, ecology and threats is needed.

Classifications [top]

5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.1. Wetlands (inland) - Permanent Rivers/Streams/Creeks (includes waterfalls)
suitability: Suitable  major importance:Yes

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
  Action Recovery plan:No
  Systematic monitoring scheme:No
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
  Conservation sites identified:Yes, over part of range
  Occur in at least one PA:Unknown
  Area based regional management plan:No
  Invasive species control or prevention:Not Applicable
In-Place Species Management
  Harvest management plan:No
  Successfully reintroduced or introduced beningly:No
  Subject to ex-situ conservation:No
In-Place Education
  Subject to recent education and awareness programmes:No
  Included in international legislation:No
  Subject to any international management/trade controls:No
5. Biological resource use -> 5.4. Fishing & harvesting aquatic resources -> 5.4.1. Intentional use: (subsistence/small scale)
♦ timing: Ongoing ♦ scope: Minority (<50%) ♦ severity: Slow, Significant Declines ⇒ Impact score: Low Impact: 5 

5. Biological resource use -> 5.4. Fishing & harvesting aquatic resources -> 5.4.2. Intentional use: (large scale)
♦ timing: Ongoing ♦ scope: Minority (<50%) ♦ severity: Slow, Significant Declines ⇒ Impact score: Low Impact: 5 

6. Human intrusions & disturbance -> 6.1. Recreational activities
♦ timing: Ongoing ♦ scope: Minority (<50%) ♦ severity: Slow, Significant Declines ⇒ Impact score: Low Impact: 5 
→ Stresses
  • 2. Species Stresses -> 2.2. Species disturbance

1. Research -> 1.1. Taxonomy
1. Research -> 1.2. Population size, distribution & trends
1. Research -> 1.3. Life history & ecology
1. Research -> 1.5. Threats

♦  Pets/display animals, horticulture
 National : ✓  International : ✓ 

Bibliography [top]

Fang, F. 2001. Phylogeny and species diversity of the South and Southeast Asian cyprinid genus Danio Hamilton (Teleostei, Cyprinidae). Dept. Zool. Stockholm University, Sweden.

IUCN. 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2010.4). Available at: (Accessed: 27 October 2010).

McClelland, J. 1839. Indian Cyprinidae. Asiatic Researches 19: 217-471.

Citation: Vishwanath, W. 2010. Devario aequipinnatus. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T166459A6213782. . Downloaded on 04 October 2015.
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