Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Tetraodontiformes Balistidae

Scientific Name: Balistes rotundatus
Species Authority: Marion de Procé, 1822
Canthidermis rotundatus (Marion de Procé, 1822)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-02-04
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.
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.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Balistes rotundatus is an Indo-West Pacific triggerfish reported from India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Japan and the Marshall Islands and Cook Islands.
Countries occurrence:
Cook Islands; India; Japan; Marshall Islands; Sri Lanka; Thailand
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – eastern; Indian Ocean – western; Pacific – northwest; Pacific – western central
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Population [top]

Population: There is no population information available for Balistes rotundatus.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

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

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): 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).

Conservation Actions [top]

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.

Citation: Matsuura, K. 2010. Balistes rotundatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T154675A4603482. . Downloaded on 06 October 2015.
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