Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is only known from a few records in the South China Sea (60 miles off Sarawak), the Phillippines (Tayabas), the Makassar Strait off Indonesia, and the Fiji Archipelago (Holthuis 2002).
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Physical Description

Type Information

Holotype for Scyllarus aureus Holthuis, 1963
Catalog Number: USNM 310331
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Invertebrate Zoology
Sex/Stage: female; ovigerous
Preparation: Alcohol (Ethanol)
Collector(s): United States Fish Commission
Year Collected: 1909
Locality: Luzon Island, Tayabas Bay, Lucena City, Quezon, Philippines, North Pacific Ocean
Vessel: Albatross R/V
  • Holotype: Holthuis, L. B. 1963. Koninkl. Nederl. Akademie Van Wetenschappen-Amsterdam. 66(1): 54-60.
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species is found at depths from 100 to 200 m. The preferred substrate is unknown, except for the type specimen which was found on green mud (Holthuis 2002).

Systems
  • Marine
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Depth range based on 7 specimens in 1 taxon.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 100 - 158.5

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 100 - 158.5
 
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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
2013

Assessor/s
Chan, T.Y.

Reviewer/s
Collen, B., Livingstone, S. & Richman, N.

Contributor/s
Batchelor, A., De Silva, R., Dyer, E., Kasthala, G., Lutz, M.L., McGuinness, S., Milligan, H.T., Soulsby, A.-M. & Whitton, F.

Justification
Chelarctus aureus has been assessed as Least Concern. While little is known on this species, the few specimens that have been collected cover a broad area, and there is no known directed fishery. However, further collections of this species are needed to better understand habitat and biology.
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Population

Population
As this species is only known from a limited number of records there is no population information.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
The threats to this species are unknown, though it is not known to be fished (T.Y Chan pers. comm. 2009).
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
There are no species-specific conservation measures in place for this species. Further work is needed to determine population size, and trend, and if there are any threats to this species.
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