Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Found 1-2 m above rock and coral bottoms and feeds on zooplankton. Males territorial and haremic.
  • Lieske, E. and R. Myers 1994 Collins Pocket Guide. Coral reef fishes. Indo-Pacific & Caribbean including the Red Sea. Haper Collins Publishers, 400 p. (Ref. 9710)
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Distribution

Range Description

This species is known only from the Red Sea (Israel and Jordan).
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Western Indian Ocean: known only from the Red Sea.
  • Lieske, E. and R. Myers 1994 Collins Pocket Guide. Coral reef fishes. Indo-Pacific & Caribbean including the Red Sea. Haper Collins Publishers, 400 p. (Ref. 9710)
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Northern Red Sea endemic.
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Physical Description

Size

Maximum size: 160 mm NG
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Max. size

16.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710))
  • Lieske, E. and R. Myers 1994 Collins Pocket Guide. Coral reef fishes. Indo-Pacific & Caribbean including the Red Sea. Haper Collins Publishers, 400 p. (Ref. 9710)
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Type Information

Holotype for Cirrhilabrus blatteus Springer & Randall
Catalog Number: USNM 211870
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Preparation: Radiograph
Collector(s): J. Randall
Year Collected: 1972
Locality: Elat, Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea; Off Steinitz Marine Biology Lab., Israel, Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea, Indian
Depth (m): 43 to 43
  • Holotype: Springer, V. G. & Randall, J. E. 1974. Israel Journal of Zoology. 23 (1): 48.
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Paratype for Cirrhilabrus blatteus Springer & Randall
Catalog Number: USNM 211871
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Preparation: Radiograph
Collector(s): J. Randall & D. Popper
Year Collected: 1972
Locality: Elat, Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea; Off Heinz Steinitz Marine Biology Lab, Israel, Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea, Indian
Depth (m): 43 to 43
  • Paratype: Springer, V. G. & Randall, J. E. 1974. Israel Journal of Zoology. 23 (1): 48.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
The species is found between 40 and 50 m along deep rubble slopes, also sometimes one to two m above rock and coral bottoms. This species feeds on zooplankton (Froese and Pauly 2008). Males are territorial and haremic.

Systems
  • Marine
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Environment

reef-associated; marine; depth range 40 - 50 m (Ref. 9710)
  • Lieske, E. and R. Myers 1994 Collins Pocket Guide. Coral reef fishes. Indo-Pacific & Caribbean including the Red Sea. Haper Collins Publishers, 400 p. (Ref. 9710)
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Depth: 40 - 50m.
From 40 to 50 meters.

Habitat: reef-associated. Found 1-2 m above rock and coral bottoms and feeds on zooplankton. Males territorial and haremic.
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2010

Assessor/s
Cheung, W.W.L. & Rocha, L.

Reviewer/s
Craig, M.T. & Carpenter, K.E.

Contributor/s

Justification
This species is known only from the Red Sea. The population trend is unknown. There are no major threats known to this species. It is therefore listed as Least Concern.
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Population

Population
Currently, population size or trends have not been assessed. This species is not present in FAO global production estimates.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no known major threats to this species.
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Least Concern (LC)
  • IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded July 2006.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
There are no known species specific conservation measures in place. This species range overlaps some marine protected areas within its distribution.
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