|Scientific Name:||Mastacembelus armatus|
|Species Authority:||(Lacepède, 1800)|
|Taxonomic Notes:||Mastacembelus armatus is probably a species complex and further taxonomic work is required to clarify the taxonomy.|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||Rayamajhi, A., Jha, B.R. & Sharma, C.M.|
|Reviewer(s):||Allen, D.J., Britz, R. & Vishwanath, W.|
A widespread species with no known major widespread threats, Mastacembelus armatus is assessed as Least Concern.
|Range Description:||Fresh and brackish waters in Bangladesh; Pakistan; Sri Lanka; Myanmar; Nepal; Thailand; Cambodia; Vietnam, and northeastern India; found in the Hoogly and Bhagirathi River systems in West Bengal; the Lohit district Arunachal Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh: (Dehra Dun, Tehri, Pauri, Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Nainital, Almora, Pithoragarh). It is likely present in other northeast Indian states.
Native:Bangladesh; Cambodia; China; India (Arunachal Pradesh, Jharkand, Uttaranchal, West Bengal); Myanmar; Nepal; Pakistan; Sri Lanka; Thailand; Viet Nam
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In Nepal, the species is found commonly at quite high altitudes in river Tawi (Jammu) and its tributaries. Seasonal availability of some important fishes in some rivers of
|Habitat and Ecology:||Inhabits fresh waters in plains and hills.|
|Use and Trade:||This species attains a length of 61 cm. It is reported to be a very good food-fish. It is not caught by commercial fisheries. In West Bengal it is a popular food-fish especially when freshly caught. This is also found commonly at quite high altitudes in river Tawi (Jammu) and its tributaries.|
No information available on threats to this species. It is caught by local level fisheries.
More information is required on the species population and distribution.
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Sokheng, C., Chhea, C.K., Viravong, S., Bouakhamvongsa, K., Suntornratana, U., Yoorong, N., Tung, N.T., Bao, T.Q., Poulsen, A.F. and Jørgensen, J.V. 1999. Fish migrations and spawning habits in the Mekong mainstream: a survey using local knowledge (basin-wide). Assessment of Mekong fisheries: Fish Migrations an. Assessment of Mekong fisheries: Fish Migrations and Spawning and the Impact of Water Management Project (AMFC). AMFP Report 2/99., Vientiane, Lao, P.D.R.
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|Citation:||Rayamajhi, A., Jha, B.R. & Sharma, C.M. 2010. Mastacembelus armatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 03 March 2015.|
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