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Blue-Finned Mahseer : Least Concern IUCN Status

Blue-finned Mahseer: Moved From Endangered To The Least Concern Status:

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has moved Blue-finned Mahseer from Endangered to the Least Concern’ status on its Red List.

  • The Mahseer belongs to the genus Tor, of which there are several subspecies to be found in India and in other range countries in South Asia.
  • The Blue-finned Mahseer or Tor Khudree is one of the subspecies of the Mahseer.
  • Mainly found in the Mota Mola river east of Pune. This species is also found in other rivers of the Deccan Plateau.
  • The species is migratory; moving upstream during rains. It prefers clean, fast-flowing and well-oxygenated waters.
  • Threatened by habitat manipulation, over-harvesting and competition from other fish species.

Significance:

  • Freshwater Ecosystem Indicator:
    • It is very sensitive to dissolved oxygen levels, water temperature and sudden climatic changes. It just cannot bear pollution.
  • Cultural:
    • They have cultural and religious significance as well as they are protected in ‘temple sanctuaries’ across India.
  • Conservation Initiatives:
    • Tata Power (private company) is involved in conservation of the blue-finned for 50 years in Lonavala (near Pune), Maharashtra.

Protection status:

  • IUCN Red List: Least Concern

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