Bryconamericus huilae 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Characiformes Characidae

Scientific Name: Bryconamericus huilae Román-Valencia, 2003

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2014-10-08
Assessor(s): Jimenez-Segura, L., Mojica, J., Alonso, J. C., Reis, R. & Lima, F.
Reviewer(s): Tognelli, M.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Tognelli, M.
The species is assessed as Least Concern due to wide distribution and lack of major threats across its range. While the river basin is highly impacted in the lower reaches, the species occurs at higher altitudes, and therefore is not heavily impacted by these threats.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species endemic to Colombia is known from the upper Magdalena River in the Huila and Tolima departments (Maldonado-Ocampo et al. 2005, Maldonado-Ocampo et al. 2008). Its type locality is La Sapayera stream, near the bridge km 2 vía Guadalupe-Florencia, a tributary of La Viciosa stream, Suaza River system, Upper Magdalena, Cachimba trail, Municipality of Guadalupe, Department of Huila, at an elevation of 952 meters (Román-Valencia 2003). It occurs at elevations between 100 and 2,000 m.
Countries occurrence:
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):100
Upper elevation limit (metres):2000
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Population [top]

Population:There are no data on population size and trends for this species. It appears to be frequent although not abundant.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species usually inhabits high altitude fresh waters. Although it is considered a pool species by Jaramillo-Villa et al. (2010), it has been observed in ravines, streams and river mouths (Maldonado-Ocampo et al. 2005). It has been found living in very clear waters with muddy, stony and sandy bottom, and small backwaters with stony and decomposing vegetation substrate. Males have the highest reproductive activity between January and March (Román-Valencia 2003, Maldonado-Ocampo et al. 2005).

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: The species is not utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The Magdalena River basin has a high human population, of about 32 million, which results in major threats such as reservoir construction, interrupting longitudinal connectivity and leading to river floodplain degradation, and large scale agro-industrial projects in the catchment that leads to accelerated aquatic habitat degradation because of increased soil erosion and pesticide input. In addition, large amounts of untreated sewage is emptied into the basins waterways (Junk 2005). However, as this species inhabits the upper reaches, and the threats are most severe in the lower basin near the river mouth, these are unlikely to constitute serious threats to the species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no conservation measures in place for this species.

Classifications [top]

5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.1. Wetlands (inland) - Permanent Rivers/Streams/Creeks (includes waterfalls)
5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.7. Wetlands (inland) - Permanent Freshwater Marshes/Pools (under 8ha)

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
  Conservation sites identified:No
  Occur in at least one PA:No
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
2. Agriculture & aquaculture -> 2.3. Livestock farming & ranching -> 2.3.4. Scale Unknown/Unrecorded
♦ timing:Ongoing ♦ scope:Minority (<50%) ♦ severity:Unknown ⇒ Impact score:Unknown 
→ Stresses
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.2. Ecosystem degradation

5. Biological resource use -> 5.4. Fishing & harvesting aquatic resources -> 5.4.6. Motivation Unknown/Unrecorded
♦ timing:Ongoing ♦ scope:Unknown ♦ severity:Unknown ⇒ Impact score:Unknown 
→ Stresses
  • 2. Species Stresses -> 2.1. Species mortality

7. Natural system modifications -> 7.2. Dams & water management/use -> 7.2.11. Dams (size unknown)
♦ timing:Ongoing    
→ Stresses
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.1. Ecosystem conversion
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.2. Ecosystem degradation

9. Pollution -> 9.1. Domestic & urban waste water -> 9.1.1. Sewage
♦ timing:Ongoing    
→ Stresses
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.2. Ecosystem degradation

9. Pollution -> 9.3. Agricultural & forestry effluents -> 9.3.2. Soil erosion, sedimentation
♦ timing:Ongoing    
→ Stresses
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.2. Ecosystem degradation

9. Pollution -> 9.3. Agricultural & forestry effluents -> 9.3.4. Type Unknown/Unrecorded
♦ timing:Ongoing    
→ Stresses
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.2. Ecosystem degradation

1. Research -> 1.2. Population size, distribution & trends
1. Research -> 1.3. Life history & ecology
1. Research -> 1.5. Threats
3. Monitoring -> 3.1. Population trends
3. Monitoring -> 3.2. Harvest level trends
3. Monitoring -> 3.4. Habitat trends

Bibliography [top]

Froese, R. and Pauly, D. 2006. FishBase. Available at:

Harvey, B. 1998. An Overview of Action Before Extinction. Action Before Extinction. Vancouver.

IUCN. 2016. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2016-1. Available at: (Accessed: 30 June 2016).

Jaramillo-Villa, U., J. A. Maldonado-Ocampo and F. Escobar. 2010. Altitudinal variation in fish assemblage diversity in streams of the central Andes of Colombia. Journal of Fish Biology 76(10): 2401-17.

Junk, W.J. 2005. Ecology and Management of Large South American Rivers and their Floodplains. International River Symposium. Brisbane, Australia.

Maldonado-Ocampo, J.A., Ortega-Lara, A., Oviedo, J.S.U., Vergara, G.G., Volla-Navarro, F.A., Gamboa, L.V., Prada-Pedreros, S. and Rodriguez, C.A. 2005. Peces de los Andes de Colombia. Guia de campo. Instituto de Investigacion de Recursos Biologicos Alexander von Humboldt, Bogota.

Maldonado-Ocampo, J.A., Vari, R.P. and Usma, J.S. 2008. Checklist of Freshwater Fishes of Colombia. Biota Colombiana 9(2): 143-237.

Román-Valencia, C. 2003. Descripción de tres nuevas especies de Bryconamericus (Pisces: Ostariophysi: Characidae) de Colombia. Memoria de la Fundación La Salle de Ciencias Naturales 155: 31-49.

Citation: Jimenez-Segura, L., Mojica, J., Alonso, J. C., Reis, R. & Lima, F. 2016. Bryconamericus huilae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T167793A53824819. . Downloaded on 22 May 2018.
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