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Apolemichthys kingi

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII PERCIFORMES POMACANTHIDAE

Scientific Name: Apolemichthys kingi
Species Authority: Heemstra, 1984
Common Name/s:
English Tiger Angelfish

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-10-08
Assessor/s: Pyle, R., Craig, M.T. & Rocha, L.A.
Reviewer/s: Polidoro, B., Elfes, C., Livingstone, S. & Carpenter, K.E.
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.
Justification:
Apolemichthys kingi has been assessed as Least Concern. This is a rare species with a relatively small geographic range. It may be harvested as by-catch and is occasionally for the aquarium trade. However, it occurs within a marine protected area with reefs in relatively good condition. Due to the rarity and restricted range of this species, further research is recommended on the harvest levels and other potential threats to this species.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is found around Inhaca Island, Mozambique (Pereira 2000) and between Kosi Bay and Aliwal Shoal in South Africa (Michael 2004, Endoh 2007). It is most common at depths of more than 25 m.
Countries:
Native:
Mozambique; South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal)
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Native:
Indian Ocean – western
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Population [top]

Population: Animals are rarely seen by divers (P.C. Heemstra pers.comm. 2009), although it is not clear if this is a result of its preference for deep reef habitats or natural scarcity (P.C. Heemstra pers.comm. 2009).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species has been recorded from rocky offshore reefs with abundant sponge growth. It feeds on sponges and tunicates and occurs alone, or in small groups consisting of a male and several females.
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The collection of species for the ornamental trade off Mozambique is unregulated at present. Due to the intensity of the artisanal fishing industry off Mozambique, it is likely that this species is occasionally taken as by-catch. Habitat degradation is unlikely to pose a major threat to this species as much of its range is found within a World Heritage Site. At present the reefs within this species' range are in good condition.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no species-specific conservation measures in place for this species, however it occurs within the Simangaliso National Park and Maputaland Marine Reserve. Further research is needed on the population trends, harvest levels and threats of this species.
Citation: Pyle, R., Craig, M.T. & Rocha, L.A. 2010. Apolemichthys kingi. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 20 April 2014.
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