Barbus profundus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Cypriniformes Cyprinidae

Scientific Name: Barbus profundus
Species Authority: Greenwood, 1970
Barbus radiatus subspecies profundus Greenwood, 1970

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2007-03-01
Assessor(s): Snoeks, J., Laleye, P. & Contreras-MacBeath, T.
Reviewer(s): Collen, B., Darwall, W., Ram, M. & Smith, K. (SRLI Freshwater Fish Evaluation Workshop)
Assessed as Data Deficient as there are numerous threats facing the habitat of B. profundus, but further information regarding its distribution within the lake, its current status and ecology is required to determine to what extent the species may be affected by such threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from Lake Victoria, which has a surface area of 67,075 km².
Countries occurrence:
Kenya; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda
Lower depth limit (metres): 65
Upper depth limit (metres): 18
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Population [top]

Population: Currently, there is a lack of detailed population numbers and the global trend is unknown.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: B. profundus is a benthopelagic species, that occurs in offshore localities.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are numerous threats facing Lake Victoria, including eutrophication, over-exploitation of fisheries, introduced exotic species, and climate change. These threats are compounded by rapid population growth in the lake's catchment area. Pollutants enter the lake in the form of domestic and industrial wastewater, solid wastes, sediments from soil erosion in the catchment area, agricultural wastes and atmospheric deposition. The lake has a long water retention time, meaning that pollutants entering the lake remain in it for a long time. Parts of the lake are now considered dead zones, unable to sustain life due to oxygen deficiency in the water. The threats facing the lake have reduced the biodiversity of the lakes fauna, most notably the phytoplankton and fish (Kayombo and Jorgensen 2006).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no conservation measures or actions known.

Citation: Snoeks, J., Laleye, P. & Contreras-MacBeath, T. 2009. Barbus profundus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T169463A6633793. . Downloaded on 29 November 2015.
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