Rema Devi, K.R., Arunachalam, M., Dahanukar, N., Vishwanath, W., Daniel, B.A. & Molur, S.
Although Acantopsis multistigmatus has been recorded from only two locations (in India (Moreh) and Myanmar (Tamu)), the species is inferred to have a range of about 20,000 km2 due to its ability to survive in medium and low elevation streams. The species has not been recorded in the Chindwin drainage indicating its restriction to the Yu River drainage. Given the threats of human activities in the region for hydropower and urban development in Tamu and Moreh, and deforestation for harvesting teak, the species is assessed as Near Threatened.
The species is presently known from the Lockchao River in Manipur which is a tributary of the Yu River. These river systems drain into the Chindwin River in Myanmar and the species was recorded in Myanmar from the Tamu market probably brought from nearby streams. The species maybe restricted to the Yu River basin. The extent of occurrence is approximately 20,000km2.
Threats to the species include hydropower development, deforestation and habitat loss due to logging for teak, and growth of urban centres in Moreh and Tamu. Some streams are also subjected to destructive fishing practices, which could impact the fish.