The entire Nam Leuk catchment is within the Phou Khao Khouy National Biodiversity Conservation Area, however no attention has been given to aquatic organisms. Research is urgently needed to determine whether the species occurs within in the reservoir and if it is still present elsewhere within the catchment (M. Kottelat pers, comm. 2011).
Location InformationThis species is known from the Nam Leuk catchment, Lao PDR. In 1997, construction of the Nam Leuk dam began and was completed in 1999. The known geographic range of this species now occurs almost entirely downstream of the Nam Leuk dam, where very little water remains. No suitable habitat is expected to remain upstream of the dam. Based on the ecological parameters of most species of Schistura species, this species is not expected to survive in the reservoir created by the construction of the Nam Leuk dam (Kottelat 2000, M. Kottelat pers comm. 2011).
Lao People's Democratic Republic