Red List Category Year Assessed
Least Concern Red List Criteria Version
Acero, A., Fricke, R., Larson, H.K., Murdy, E. & Van Tassell, J. Reviewer/s
Collen, B., Richman, N., Beresford, A., Chenery, A. & Ram, M. Contributor/s
De Silva, R., Milligan, H., Lutz, M., Batchelor, A., Jopling, B., Kemp, K., Lewis, S., Lintott, P., Sears, J., Wilson, P., Smith, J. & Livingston, F. Justification
Gobiodon histrio has been assessed as Least Concern. This species is reported as common in parts of its range, and although harvested for the aquarium trade, this is unlikely to be a threat throughout its broad distribution. It is likely that the species is experiencing population declines due to habitat degradation, however currently this is a localised threat only and is not thought to be significantly impacting the global population size. Monitoring of the harvest levels, extent of harvest and habitat status of this species is needed to ensure these threats do not increase in the future.
Around 44% of Acropora species assessed for the IUCN Red List are listed as threatened or Near Threatened (IUCN 2008); Acropora nasuta is listed as Near Threatened however it is also noted that the species is widespread and common throughout its range and therefore is likely to be more resilient to habitat loss and reef degradation. Since Gobiodon histrio relies on Acropora species, the future of these corals is important for this species. Although regarded as Least Concern at present, a reassessment in five or 10 years is advisable to determine the status of its habitat and population trends.