Alphestes multiguttatus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Epinephelidae

Scientific Name: Alphestes multiguttatus (Günther, 1867)
Common Name(s):
English Rivulated Mutton Hamlet, Pacific Guaseta, Rock Bass, Sea Bass
French Vareche Veine, Varech Veine
Spanish Cabrilla, Cherne, Colorado, Companero De Mero, Guaseta Rayada, Guaseta Rayado, Guato, Mero
Epinephelus multiguttatus (Günther, 1867)
Plectropoma multiguttatum Günther, 1867

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-01-01
Assessor(s): Craig, M.T., Choat, J.H., Ferreira, B., Bertoncini, A.A., Rocha, L. & Heemstra, P.C.
Reviewer(s): Sadovy, Y. & Moss, K. (Grouper and Wrasse Red List Authority)
Alphestes multiguttatus is a widespread and common species, not currently known to be in significant decline and is therefore listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Alphestes multiguttatus is an eastern Pacific species found from the Gulf of California (Mexico) to extreme northern Peru, including the off-shore islands of Cocos (Costa Rica) and Malpelo (Colombia).
Countries occurrence:
Colombia; Costa Rica; Disputed Territory; Ecuador; El Salvador; Honduras; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama; Peru; United States Minor Outlying Islands
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – eastern central; Pacific – southeast
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Population [top]

Population:Alphestes multiguttatus is more common in south of its range and becomes less common in north of its range where Alphestes immaculatus becomes the more common of the two species. The species is not known to be in decline.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Alphestes multiguttatus is a demersal, non-migratory rocky reef and shallow-water species, cryptically colored and secretive. The species is sedentary during the day, hiding in crevices or lying among seaweed, and rely on their effective camouflage to escape detection (sometimes lying and partly covering itself with sand). They are nocturnal predators feeding mainly on benthic crustaceans.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Alphestes multiguttatus is not currently targeted by commercial fishery, but it is caught in artisanal fishery.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Alphestes multiguttatus occurs in some protected areas throughout it range.

Citation: Craig, M.T., Choat, J.H., Ferreira, B., Bertoncini, A.A., Rocha, L. & Heemstra, P.C. 2008. Alphestes multiguttatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T132809A3457347. . Downloaded on 18 June 2018.
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