|Scientific Name:||Botia almorhae|
|Species Authority:||Gray, 1831|
Botia grandis Gray, 1832
Botia almorhae is commonly called the Yoyo Loach due to its bands which spell 'yo yo'.
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Reviewer(s):||Rema Devi, K.R., Arunachalam, M., Dahanukar, N., Vishwanath, W., Daniel, B.A. & Molur, S.|
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.
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).
Native:India (Bihar, Rajasthan, Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh); Nepal
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|Population:||It is a fairly hardy species and has been reported fairly common in catches (CPUE) in Ramganga River.|
|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.|
|Use and Trade:||This species is commonly used as an ornamental fish.|
|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.|
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.
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. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 30 July 2014.|
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