IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category Year Assessed
Near Threatened Red List Criteria Version
Lisney, T.J. & Cavanagh, R.D. (SSG Australia & Oceania Regional Workshop, March 2003) Reviewer/s
Shark Specialist Group Australia & Oceania Regional Group (Shark Red List Authority) Justification
The reproductive and population biology of this small inshore species is poorly known, and it fails to meet any of the criteria for Vulnerable due to insufficient data. However, this species is assessed as Near Threatened as it is regularly taken in fisheries off Pakistan, India and Thailand, and is likely to be threatened by population decline resulting from overfishing, destructive fishing practices and habitat modification, including the damage and destruction of coral reefs. Such threats are likely to increase in the future; there is a need for survey and appraisal of the status of this species.