Yasuhikotakia morleti


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Yasuhikotakia morleti
Species Authority: (Tirant, 1885)
Common Name(s):
English Skunk Loach, Hora's Loach
Botia horae Smith, 1931
Botia morleti Tirant, 1885
Taxonomic Notes: Described by Tirant (1885).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2011-02-15
Assessor(s): Allen, D.J.
Reviewer(s): Conway, K.W. & Juffe Bignoli, D.
Recorded from the Mekong, Chao Phraya and Maeklong basins in Thailand and Cambodia, and from peninsular Thailand, the species is assessed as Least Concern at present. Further research into population trends and potential threats, including harvesting for the aquarium trade, is required.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Recorded from the Mekong, Chao Phraya and Maeklong basins in Thailand and Cambodia, and from peninsular Thailand.
Cambodia; Thailand
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Population [top]

Population: No information available.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Occurs in medium to large-sized rivers (Taki 1978) in standing and flowing waters. Found in crevices in rocks, usually over sandy substrates. Feeds on molluscs and benthic invertebrates. Probably moves into temporarily flooded areas during high water levels (Rainboth 1996). Young of the year return to rivers in November and December in the lower Mekong.
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Commonly seen in aquarium trade (Rainboth 1996).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No information available.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Research into the harvest and trade of the species is needed, as well as specific environmental threats.

Bibliography [top]

IUCN. 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2011.1). Available at: http://www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 16 June 2011).

Rainboth, W.J. 1996. Fishes of the Cambodian Mekong.

Taki, Y. 1978. An analytical study of the fish fauna of the Mekong basin as a biological production system in nature. Tokyo, Japan.

Tirant, G. 1885. Notes sur les poissons de la Basse-Cochinchine et du Cambodge. Excursions et reconnaissances. Notes sur les poissons de la Basse-Cochinchine et du Cambodge 10: 91-198.

Citation: Allen, D.J. 2013. Yasuhikotakia morleti. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 01 April 2015.
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