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Scientific Name: Awaous grammepomus (Bleeker, 1849)
English Name: Scribbled Goby
Bengali Name: Bele
Availability: It lives in Dakatia, Kangsa, Meghna, Sangu and Someswari Rivers as well as in the hilly streams of
Bandarban, Cox’s Bazar and Rangamati Districts (Rahman 2005, Ahmad et al. 2013, M.M. Rahman pers.comm. 2014).
Habitat and Ecology: Freshwater; hilly streams, rivers, enters in estuaries. Usually found in streams with gravel or sandy bottom. Benthopelagic species, feeds on filamentous algae, insect larvae, small fishes and crustaceans.
Justification: Although Extent of Occurrence (EOO>20,000 km2), of this species is higher than the threshold level of Vulnerable Category, however it meets the criteria of Vulnerable Category as Area of Occupancy (AOO) is less than 2,000 km2 and it also occurs in less than 10 locations. Furthermore, there is a continuous decline in quality of habitat due to sand and stone lifting from river bed. Another threat is domestic and urban sewage pollution in hilly urban area. No data were found on its population and population size. Considering all these factors it can be considered as the Vulnerable Category based on Criteria B.
[Source: Red List of Bangladesh, Volume 5: Freshwater Fishes]