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Botia dario

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII CYPRINIFORMES COBITIDAE

Scientific Name: Botia dario
Species Authority: (Hamilton, 1822)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2010-05-27
Assessor(s): Chaudhry, S.
Reviewer(s): Rema Devi, K.R., Arunachalam, M., Dahanukar, N., Vishwanath, W., Daniel, B.A. & Molur, S.
Contributor(s): Molur, S.
Justification:
Botia dario is the most common of all Botia species and is also very widespread.  Although there are threats to its habitats and it is heavily harvested for ornamental trade, the species is hardy and is therefore assessed as Least Concern.  If impacts of harvest and threats become apparent, this species must be evaluated accordingly in future.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Botia dario is distributed in the Ganga and Brahmaputra drainages in India, and Meghna basin in Bangladesh.
Countries:
Native:
Bangladesh; India (Assam, Bihar, Darjiling, Jharkand, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal)
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Population [top]

Population: This is the most common of all Botia species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a species of rivers and streams.
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: It is used as an ornamental fish.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Though habitat destruction is rampant throughout its range of distribution, the species is hardy and widespread. The impact of harvest for the aquarium trade should be monitored.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Impact of threats on species population requires confirmation.  The species may be declining due to ornamental fish trade, but this information is not quantified.

Citation: Chaudhry, S. 2010. Botia dario. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 22 September 2014.
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