Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205).
  • Parenti, P. and J.E. Randall 2000 An annotated checklist of the species of the labroid fish families Labridae and Scaridae. Ichthyol. Bull. J.L.B. Smith Inst. Ichthyol. (68):1-97. (Ref. 35918)
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Distribution

Range Description

This species was observed from the Red Sea (Richard and Field 1998) and Gulf of Aden (R. Myers pers. comm. 2008).
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Western Indian Ocean: Red Sea.
  • Parenti, P. and J.E. Randall 2000 An annotated checklist of the species of the labroid fish families Labridae and Scaridae. Ichthyol. Bull. J.L.B. Smith Inst. Ichthyol. (68):1-97. (Ref. 35918)
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Gulf of Aden (northwestern Indian Ocean) and Red Sea.
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Physical Description

Size

Max. size

21.8 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 28618))
  • Randall, J.E. 1997 Randall's tank photos. Collection of 10,000 large-format photos (slides) of dead fishes. Unpublished. (Ref. 28618)
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species inhabits shallow reefs, especially in areas of rich coral and algae growth (Debelius 1993) to depths of 20 m (R. Myers pers. comm. 2008). According to Richard and Field (1998), it is often seen in the lagoon areas, close to the fringing reef.

Systems
  • Marine
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Environment

demersal; marine
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Life History and Behavior

Life Cycle

Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205).
  • Breder, C.M. and D.E. Rosen 1966 Modes of reproduction in fishes. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, New Jersey. 941 p. (Ref. 205)
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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
Shea, S. & Liu, M.

Reviewer/s
Sadovy, Y. & Carpenter, K.E.

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Justification
This species is found in the Red Sea, and is uncommon. It is collected for the aquarium trade. However, there are no major threats known to this species. It is listed as Least Concern.
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Population

Population
There is no population information available for this species. It is considered uncommon in the Red Sea.

Only eight individuals have been observed during a study at Mangrove Bay, Egypt (Lange 2006) and it has been recorded with a low relative abundance of 0.04 per 100 m2 and 0.1-1 per 100 m2 at the south of Eilat and nature reserve of Eilat, Israel respectively (Rilov and Benayahu 1998, Rilov and Benayahu 2000).

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
There are no major threats known for this species. This species is collected for the aquarium trade, although there is no quantitative data and monitoring on the marine aquarium trade of this species. As this species occurs in coral reefs, it may also be affected by localized habitat decline.
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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 species-specific conservation measures for this species. However, this species distribution includes a number of Marine Protected Areas within its range. It has been recorded in a nature reserve at the Eilat area, Egypt (Rilov and Benayahu 2000). More information on harvest levels for the aquarium trade is needed.
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