Apogon sealei 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Apogonidae

Scientific Name: Apogon sealei (Fowler, 1918)
Common Name(s):
English Cheekbar Cardinalfish, Seale's Cardinalfish
Amia sealei (Fowler, 1918)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-02-04
Assessor(s): Gon, O.
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.
Apogon sealei has been assessed as Least Concern. It is likely that in areas this species is undergoing declines in abundance due to factors relating to habitat degradation, however these are likely localised threats, as the reefs within this species' range are not all subject to these threats, and the intensity of threats across sites varies. While this species is harvested for the aquarium trade, this threat is unlikely to occur throughout its entire range. Marine protected areas will afford it some protection from many anthropogenic threats. Further research is needed on the harvest levels of this species and the source of specimens, to ensure it is not being over harvested.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Apogon sealei is distributed from Malaysia to the Solomon Islands, north to the Philippines, Palau, and south to Ashmore Reef, Australia.
Countries occurrence:
Australia (Ashmore-Cartier Is., Coral Sea Is. Territory, Northern Territory, Queensland); Indonesia; Malaysia; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Solomon Islands
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – eastern; Pacific – western central
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):25
Upper depth limit (metres):3
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Population [top]

Population:Apogon sealei is a common species throughout most of its range often occurring in large aggregations around coral heads (G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2009).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Apogon sealei is usually found on coastal fringing reefs or patch reefs to a depth of 25 m. It is often found in pairs or in groups among branching corals such as Acropora.

Individuals shelter in amongst the coral during the day and come out to feed at night on zooplankton and benthic invertebrates. This species demonstrates distinct pairing during courtship. The males mouthbrood the fertilised eggs until hatching is ready to occur. In 2007 this species was recorded in high numbers on highly degraded sites (J. Curtis-Quick pers. comm. 2008).
Congregatory:Congregatory (and dispersive)

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is harvested for the aquarium trade.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are a number of threats impacting the habitat of this species such as coastal development, tourism, Crown of Thorns starfish invasions, cyanide fishing, water pollution, and coral bleaching. However, this species is known from a number of unimpacted locations throughout the Western Pacific and so threats are only thought to be causing localised declines. This species is harvested for the aquarium trade although it is not believed to be harvested in a significant quantity.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no species-specific conservation measures for Apogon sealei, however the distribution of this species may fall within numerous marine protected areas including the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Further research is needed on the harvest levels of this species for the aquarium trade, and whether it is captive bred or wild caught.

Citation: Gon, O. 2010. Apogon sealei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T154678A4604440. . Downloaded on 24 April 2018.
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