The species is widespread across
northern India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan, however
it is likely that overexploitation is a major threat
to the species, but due to lack of data the level
of population decline cannot be estimated. As this
species is potentially threatened, it is thought that
assigning it as Least Concern based solely on its
wide distribution would be incorrect. As the level
of population decline is unknown (but may be sufficiently
high to warrant concern to the long-term viability
of the global population) the correct Red List category
cannot be assigned. Therefore the species is listed
as Data Deficient. It is a key recommendation that
population and harvest level data is collected on
this species to ascertain its true level of threat(IUCN 2010). This species is known from
the Ganges-Brahmaputra and Indus river drainages in
the northern part of the Indian subcontinent. Described
as present (as Ailiichthys punctata) from
"Jumna at and below Delhi, also in the lower
Punjaub rivers". Remarks:
This species resembles Ailia
coila but differs
from it with an absence of the pelvic fin.
Pakistan and India. Reported from Bangladesh. Type
locality: Jumna at and below Delhi, also
in the lower Punjaub rivers.
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