Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Cypriniformes Balitoridae

Scientific Name: Schistura savona
Species Authority: (Hamilton, 1822)
Taxonomic Notes: Hamilton (1822) described Cobitis savona from Kosi River at Nathpur. Banarescu & Nalbant (1995) placed the species in the genus Schistura.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2010-01-21
Assessor(s): Vishwanath, W.
Reviewer(s): Rema Devi, K.R., Arunachalam, M., Dahanukar, N., Daniel, B.A. & Molur, S.
Contributor(s): Molur, S.
Schistura savona is a widely distributed species in the Himalaya from Uttar Pradesh across Nepal to Darjeeling with no major identified threats.  Hence it is assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Schistura savona is found along the eastern Himalaya in Tista drainage at Darjeeling through Nepal, to Karnali and Kali drainages in Uttar Pradesh (Menon 1987)
Countries occurrence:
India (Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal); Nepal
Continuing decline in extent of occurrence (EOO):Unknown
Extreme fluctuations in extent of occurrence (EOO):Unknown
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Population [top]


There is no information on the population and its trends for this species, but survey data suggests that it is relatively widespread and common.

Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The species is found to inhabit rapid hillstreams with gravel.
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:Yes

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: The species is not utilized, but is a potential ornamental fish.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

No known major threats known to this species.


Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

The species is not known from any protected areas, and clearly there is a need for improved habitat protection at sites where this species is known to occur. Further survey work is needed to determine whether or not this species is experiencing a decline, or is undergoing natural population fluctuations.

Classifications [top]

5. Wetlands (inland) -> 5.1. Wetlands (inland) - Permanent Rivers/Streams/Creeks (includes waterfalls)
suitability: Suitable  major importance:Yes

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
  Action Recovery plan:No
  Systematic monitoring scheme:No
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
  Conservation sites identified:Yes, over part of range
  Occur in at least one PA:Unknown
  Area based regional management plan:No
  Invasive species control or prevention:Not Applicable
In-Place Species Management
  Harvest management plan:No
  Successfully reintroduced or introduced beningly:No
  Subject to ex-situ conservation:No
In-Place Education
  Subject to recent education and awareness programmes:No
  Included in international legislation:No
  Subject to any international management/trade controls:No
1. Research -> 1.2. Population size, distribution & trends
1. Research -> 1.3. Life history & ecology
1. Research -> 1.5. Threats

Bibliography [top]

Banarescu, P. & T. T. Nalbant. 1995. A generical classification of Nemacheilinae with description of two new genera (Teleostei: Cypriniformes: Cobitidae). Travaux du Museum d'Histoire Naturelle "Grigore Antipa" . 35: 429-495.

Hamilton, F. 1822. An account of the fishes found in the river Ganges and its branches. Edinburgh & London i-vii: 1-405.

IUCN. 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2010.4). Available at: (Accessed: 27 October 2010).

Menon, A. G. K. 1987. The fauna of India and the adjacent countries. Pisces. Vol. IV. Teleostei - Cobitoidea. Part 1. Homalopteridae. Zoological Survey of India.

Citation: Vishwanath, W. 2010. Schistura savona. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T166545A6233668. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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