Nilssonia formosa is listed in CITES Appendix II. The species is designated as Protected under Myanmar’s Protection of Wildlife, Wild Plants and Conservation of Natural Areas Law of 1994. There is a small population in Htamanthi Wildlife Sanctuary (K. Platt pers. comm. 2018). Mandalay Zoo is breeding this species and has a number of hatchlings (K. Platt pers. comm. 2018).
Location InformationNilssonia formosa is endemic to Myanmar, where it is found in three main rivers: the Ayeyarwady River, the Chindwin River and the Sittaung River; it occurs throughout much of these rivers in low numbers. The species might range into Yunnan (China) although this is not confirmed. It has been recorded from sea level to about 200 m above sea level.