Scarus festivus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Labridae

Scientific Name: Scarus festivus Valenciennes, 1840
Common Name(s):
English Festive Parrotfish, Happy Parrotfish, Lunate Parrotfish
French Perroquet Tête
Callyodon lunula Snyder, 1908
Callyodon verweyi de Beaufort, 1940
Margaritodon verweyi (de Beaufort, 1940)
Scarus lunula (Snyder, 1908)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2009-02-05
Assessor(s): Allen, G. & Gon, O.
Reviewer(s): Collen, B., Richman, N., Beresford, A., Chenery, A. & Ram, M.
Contributor(s): De Silva, R., Milligan, HT, Lutz, M.L., Batchelor, A., Jopling, B., Kemp, K., Lewis, S., Lintott, P., Sears, J., Wilson, P., Smith, J., Livingston, F. & Raynal, M.
Scarus festivus has been assessed as Least Concern. This uncommon species has a broad distribution across the Indian Ocean and western Pacific. It is harvested as a food source throughout much of its range however this is not a commercial fishery and not believed to pose a major threat to the population of this species at present.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Scarus festivus is distributed from the east coast of Africa to the Marshall Islands and French Polynesia, north to the Ryukyu Islands and Ogasawara Islands. It has not been recorded from Australia.
Countries occurrence:
American Samoa; China; Christmas Island; Cook Islands; French Polynesia; Guam; Indonesia; Japan; Maldives; Marshall Islands; Micronesia, Federated States of ; Mozambique; Niue; Northern Mariana Islands; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Samoa; Seychelles; Somalia; South Africa; Taiwan, Province of China; Tanzania, United Republic of; Viet Nam
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – western; Indian Ocean – eastern; Pacific – western central; Pacific – northwest; Pacific – eastern central
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):30
Upper depth limit (metres):3
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Population [top]

Population:Scarus festivus is usually seen in small numbers and is not common at any locality (Randall 2005; FAO 2001).
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Scarus festivus is associated with coral reef habitats and is found in clear lagoons and seaward facing coral reefs on the outer slope at a depth range of 3-30 m. This species feeds on benthic algae and is occasionally seen feeding on the coral.

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Scarus festivus is occasionally harvested by artisanal fisheries in areas of its distribution. It is marketed fresh and is mainly caught with traps, nets and other kinds of artisanal gear (FAO 1983).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Scarus festivus is occasionally harvested by artisanal fisheries in areas of its distribution. It is marketed fresh and is mainly caught with traps, nets and other kinds of artisanal gear (FAO 1983). There are no catch statistics available for this species. The fishing activities are not thought to pose a major threat (G.R. Allen and O. Gon pers. comm. 2009).

This species is likely to be undergoing declines due to habitat degradation of its coral habitat. However these are localised threats only and not considered a major threat to the global population.

Parrotfishes show varying degrees of habitat preference and utilization of coral reef habitats, with some species spending the majority of their life stages on coral reefs, while others primarily utilize seagrass beds, mangroves, algal beds, and /or rocky reefs. Although the majority of the parrotfishes occur in mixed habitat (primarily inhabiting seagrass beds, mangroves, and rocky reefs) approximately 78% of these mixed habitat species are experiencing greater than 30% loss of coral reef area and habitat quality across their distributions. Of those species that occur exclusively in coral reef habitat, more than 80% are experiencing a greater than 30% of coral reef loss and degradation across their distributions. However, more research is needed to understand the long-term effects of habitat loss and degradation on these species populations. Widespread coral reef loss and declining habitat conditions are particularly worrying for species that depend on live coral reefs for food and shelter especially as studies have shown that protection of pristine habitats facilitate the persistence of adult populations in species that have spatially separated adult and juvenile habitats. Furthermore, coral reef loss and declining habitat conditions are particularly worrying for some corallivorous excavating parrotfishes that play major roles in reef dynamics and sedimentation (Comeros-Raynal et al. 2012).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no species-specific conservation measures in place for Scarus festivus, however the distribution of this species coincides with a number of marine protected areas.

Citation: Allen, G. & Gon, O. 2012. Scarus festivus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T154677A17895868. . Downloaded on 16 October 2018.
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