Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Cypriniformes Cyprinidae

Scientific Name: Bangana musaei
Species Authority: Kottelat & Steiner, 2011

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2011-02-20
Assessor(s): Kottelat, M.
Reviewer(s): Rainboth, W., Ng, H.H., Kullander, S.O., Gibson, C. & Allen, D.J.
This cavefish is known only from one cave system in a karst area in which the underground course of the Xe Bangfai is located in Laos. Based on the one location from which it is known, it is assessed as Vulnerable (D2), on the basis of restricted range and future threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Known only from one cave system in the karst formation in which the underground course of the Xe Bangfai is located in Lao PDR.
Countries occurrence:
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Number of Locations: 1
Range Map: Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population: This species is known from a few specimens collected in 2007 and 2008 (Kottelat and Steiner 2011).
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This is a cavefish species.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Habitat disturbance through tourism activities taking place in the cave system and interest from the international aquarium trade could become threats in the future.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Local custom forbids fishing at the entrance of the underground stretch of the Xe Bangfai. The cave system occurs within a protected area (M. Kottelat pers. comm. 2011).

Classifications [top]

5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.18. Wetlands (inland) - Karst and Other Subterranean Hydrological Systems (inland)
suitability: Suitable  major importance:Yes

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
5. Biological resource use -> 5.4. Fishing & harvesting aquatic resources -> 5.4.1. Intentional use: (subsistence/small scale)
♦ timing: Future ♦ scope: Unknown ♦ severity: Unknown ⇒ Impact score: Unknown 
→ Stresses
  • 2. Species Stresses -> 2.1. Species mortality

6. Human intrusions & disturbance -> 6.1. Recreational activities
♦ timing: Future ♦ scope: Whole (>90%) ♦ severity: Unknown ⇒ Impact score: Unknown 
→ Stresses
  • 1. Ecosystem stresses -> 1.2. Ecosystem degradation

1. Research -> 1.2. Population size, distribution & trends
1. Research -> 1.5. Threats
3. Monitoring -> 3.1. Population trends
3. Monitoring -> 3.4. Habitat trends

Bibliography [top]

IUCN. 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2011.1). Available at: (Accessed: 16 June 2011).

Kottelat, M. and Steiner, H. 2011. Bangana musaei, a new cave fish from central Laos (Teleostei: Cyprinidae). Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters 21(4).

Citation: Kottelat, M. 2013. Bangana musaei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T194329A8891445. . Downloaded on 07 October 2015.
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