Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Inhabits sandy areas; quickly dives into the sand when threatened (Ref. 39775).
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Distribution

Range Description

This species is known only from Ua Pou in the Marquesas Islands.
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Marquesas Islands.
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Eastern Central Pacific: Marquesas Islands.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12; Analspines: 3; Analsoft rays: 12; Vertebrae: 25
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Size

Max. size

12.9 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 39775)); 10.25 cm SL (female)
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Diagnostic Description

Body depth 2.75-3.2 in SL. A broad band of small scales extending from below eye to slightly below corner of mouth; 2 or 3 scales dorsoanteriorly on opercle. First and second dorsal spines flexible, about twice length of third spine, slightly longer than longest dorsal soft ray, and not separated from remainder of fin; space between 2nd and 3rd dorsal spines about 1.5 times greater than space between 3rd and 4th spines; membrane between 2nd and 3rd dorsal spines incised to about 1/3 length of 3rd dorsal spine. A small black spot a scale row below 8th lateral line scale (above tip of pectoral fin). Both sexes with a row of orange dots along lateral line and scattered dots below, posteriorly on body; females with a large roundish pink patch dorsally on abdomen containing oblique orange lines on scale edges, ending dorsally in orange spots; males with black lines variously under edges of 2nd to 6th lateral-line scales, sometimes extending to row above or below, and no pink patch on abdomen (Ref. 39775).
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Type Information

Paratype for Iniistius auropunctatus Randall et al.
Catalog Number: USNM 365690
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Collector(s): J. Earle & D. Robertson
Year Collected: 1999
Locality: Marquesas Islands: Ua Pou, Ua Pou, Marquesas Islands, Pacific
  • Paratype: Randall, J. E., et al. 2002. Cybium. 26 (2): 94, figs 1-4.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species inhabits sandy areas in shallow waters from 15-17 m. It may be found in a wider range of depths. It quickly dives into the sand when threatened (Randall et al. 2002).

Systems
  • Marine
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Environment

pelagic-neritic; marine; depth range 15 - 17 m (Ref. 39775)
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Iniistius auropunctatus

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 4
Species With Barcodes: 1
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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
Russell, B.

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

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Justification
This species is known only from the Marquesas and has a very restricted range. There are no apparent threats. It is therefore listed as Least Concern.
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Population

Population
There is no population information available for this species. It is only known from a few specimens.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no major threats known for this species.
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Least Concern (LC)
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
There are no known species specific conservation measures in place.
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