Overview

Distribution

Range Description

Balistes rotundatus is an Indo-West Pacific triggerfish reported from India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Japan and the Marshall Islands and Cook Islands.
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Indo-West Pacific.
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Indo-Pacific [if valid].
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Physical Description

Morphology

Analsoft rays: 22 - 24
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Size

Max. size

27.2 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 44024))
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
Balistes rotundatus is a pelagic, coastal species. Species from the family Balistidae can occur from the coastline to a depth of 100 m and feed on bottom invertebrates (FAO 2001). Further information is needed on the specific ecological requirements of this species.

Systems
  • Marine
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Environment

pelagic-neritic; marine
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Depth range based on 1 specimen in 1 taxon.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 1362 - 1362
 
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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
Matsuura, K.

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
Balistes rotundatus has been assessed as Least Concern. This wide-ranging species is not known to face any major threats. Further research on the ecology and threats faced by this species could clarify if it is in fact a component of coastal fisheries.
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Population

Population
There is no population information available for Balistes rotundatus.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
It is unlikely that any major threat is impacting this species, however, the Balistidae family are highly valued as food in many handline fisheries, and also taken as by-catch in commercial trawls (FAO 2001).
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Least Concern (LC)
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
There are no species-specific conservation measures in place for Balistes rotundatus, however it may be found to occur in a number of marine protected areas.

Further research is needed on the threats, ecology and distribution of this species.
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