Acantopsis multistigmatus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII CYPRINIFORMES COBITIDAE

Scientific Name: Acantopsis multistigmatus
Species Authority: Vishwanath & Laisram, 2005

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened 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:
Although Acantopsis multistigmatus has been recorded from only two locations (in India (Moreh) and Myanmar (Tamu)), the species is inferred to have a range of about 20,000 km2 due to its ability to survive in medium and low elevation streams. The species has not been recorded in the Chindwin drainage indicating its restriction to the Yu River drainage. Given the threats of human activities in the region for hydropower and urban development in Tamu and Moreh, and deforestation for harvesting teak, the species is assessed as Near Threatened.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:The species is presently known from the Lockchao River in Manipur which is a tributary of the Yu River. These river systems drain into the Chindwin River in Myanmar and the species was recorded in Myanmar from the Tamu market probably brought from nearby streams. The species maybe restricted to the Yu River basin. The extent of occurrence is approximately 20,000km2.
Countries:
Native:
India (Manipur)
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Population [top]

Population: Currently there are no population data available.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species inhabits the subtropical hill streams of Manipur and possibly Myanmar.
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This is hill stream loach which was sold in Moreh market for its minor food value. It is also a loach which is sold for its ornamental value.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Threats to the species include hydropower development, deforestation and habitat loss due to logging for teak, and growth of urban centres in Moreh and Tamu. Some streams are also subjected to destructive fishing practices, which could impact the fish.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

More research about the distribution and the biology of this species is needed, as there is insufficient information available.  Potential threats to this species also need to be identified.

Bibliography [top]

IUCN. 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2010.4). Available at: http://www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 27 October 2010).


Citation: Chaudhry, S. 2010. Acantopsis multistigmatus. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 August 2014.
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