Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Occurs at midwater to bottom depths of medium-sized streams in forests. Not known to migrate, but may move upstream during periods of high water levels. Does not persist in impoundments. Most likely sold fresh (Ref. 12693).
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Distribution

Range Description

The species occurs in the lower Mekong River in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Thailand. It is also found in the Mae Khlong and Tapi of Thailand, and the Pahang River of Malaysia.
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Southeastern Asia.
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Asia: Maeklong, Mekong and Chao Phraya basins; Malay Peninsula.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal soft rays (total): 8; Analsoft rays: 5
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Size

Maximum size: 250 mm ---
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Max. size

25.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 12693))
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Diagnostic Description

Upper body reddish brown; pelvic and anal fins red to reddish orange; 1 scale count between the vent and anal fin (Ref. 37768). Robust body, not compressed; 3-5 gill rakers on lower arm of first arch; 7-9 predorsal scales; and 9-14 dorsal-spine serrations (Ref. 12693). Usually with 2 scale rows between anus and anal origin; distance between distal serrae on posterior margin of last simple dorsal ray much greater than width on bases of serrae (Ref. 43281).
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Type Information

Type for Puntius wetmorei
Catalog Number: USNM 90295
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Preparation: Radiograph
Year Collected: 1925
Locality: Menam Chao Phya At Chainad, Central Siam, Thailand, Asia
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
It is found in large rivers especially in areas with considerable vegetation along the edges of the river. It does not inhabit standing waters. It eats shrimp and snails, and a number of flooded forest vegetation (flowers and fruit).

Systems
  • Freshwater
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Environment

benthopelagic; potamodromous (Ref. 51243); freshwater; pH range: 7.0; dH range: 15
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Migration

Potamodromous. Migrating within streams, migratory in rivers, e.g. Saliminus, Moxostoma, Labeo. Migrations should be cyclical and predictable and cover more than 100 km.
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Barcode data: Hypsibarbus wetmorei

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


No available public DNA sequences.

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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Hypsibarbus wetmorei

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 4
Specimens with Barcodes: 9
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2012

Assessor/s
Rainboth, W.

Reviewer/s
Baird, I., Vidthayanon, C., Parenti, L. & Brooks, E.

Contributor/s
Fisher, J.

Justification
The species is widely distributed in mainland southeast Asia. Although it is thought to be declining due to threats throughout its range, this decline does not meet the threshold for a threatened species, and it is assessed as Least Concern.
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Population

Population
This species is common in parts of its range that have significant vegetation in the river.

Population Trend
Decreasing
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Threats

Major Threats
The species is threatened by over-harvesting, and habitat degradation from the removal or loss (as a result of agro-chemical pollution) of vegetation. It is likely to be impacted by dams developed along the Mekong River.
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Least Concern (LC)
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
No conservation measures known. More research is needed for this species.
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

fisheries: minor commercial; aquaculture: commercial; aquarium: commercial
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Wikipedia

Hypsibarbus wetmorei

Hypsibarbus wetmorei is a species of ray-finned fish in the genus Hypsibarbus. It is native to rivers and streams in Mainland Southeast Asia.

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