This species is known from Budi Lake and Laguna Torca in south and central Chile (Kong and Valdez 1990). However, the range may be larger than this because Micropogonias
typically migrates along coasts and into estuaries.
Habitat and Ecology
Habitat and Ecology
This species is found in shallow coastal lagoons to depths of 20 m. No other information is available on habitat and ecology. Micropogonias
typically migrates along coasts and into estuaries, although this species has only been collected from two lagoons in central Chile.
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category Year Assessed
Data Deficient Red List Criteria Version
Melendez, R. & Chao, L. Reviewer/s
Carpenter, K., Polidoro, B. & Livingstone, S. (Global Marine Species Assessment Team) Contributor/s Justification
This species has only been recorded from two small lagoons in Chile (Torca and Budi), and although its distribution may be larger, there has been a continuous local fishery for this species in Budi for over 50 years and both locations have been impacted by coastal development. However, this species may be a junior synonym of Micropogonias furnieri
. More research is needed on itstaxonomy, as well as the impact of current fishing efforts and coastal development on the population. It is listed as Data Deficient.
There is no population information available for this species. However, catches of this species were 19 t in 2005, 25 t in 2006, and then dropped to two t in 2007, and three t in 2008. However, no effort data is available to better understand this drop in catch (Servicio National de Pesca Chile, 2009). Population Trend
This species is threatened by overfishing from artisinal fisheries (there has been a continuous local fishery for this species in Budi for over 50 years), and contamination of coastal lagoons caused by human activities such as tourism.
This species is found in at least one protected area (Lake Budi in Chile has a protected area status). However, within this area native people are permitted to catch this species (Melendez-Cortes pers. comm.). More research is needed on its taxonomy, as well as the impact of current fishing efforts and coastal development on this species' population.