Anacanthus barbatus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Tetraodontiformes Monacanthidae

Scientific Name: Anacanthus barbatus Gray, 1830
Common Name(s):
English Bearded Leatherjacket, Barbeled leatherjacket, Bearded Filefish, Beardie
Psilocephalus barbatus (Gray, 1830)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-02-04
Assessor(s): Hutchins, B.
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. and Livingston, F.
Anacanthus barbatus has been assessed as Least Concern. Despite being of minor commercial importance as a food source, this threat is not known across this species entire, broad distribution and is not considered to a have a significant impact on population numbers at present. In addition, this species is known from a range of habitat types and so is unlikely to suffer significant declines as a result of threats to a particular habitat type.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Anacanthus barbatus is distributed from western India, east to the Philippines, and south to northwestern Australia.
Countries occurrence:
Australia (Western Australia); India; Indonesia; Malaysia; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Sri Lanka
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – western; Indian Ocean – eastern; Pacific – western central
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):8
Upper depth limit (metres):3
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Population [top]

Population:There is no population information available for Anacanthus barbatus.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Anacanthus barbatus has a depth range of 3-8 m and inhabits sandy, weedy areas of coastal reefs. It is also found over open muddy substrates in estuaries as well as deep coastal bays and mangroves. This is a cryptic species found lining up with ropes, seawhips, large stringy-type sponges, as well as mangrove roots.

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: Anacanthus barbatus is harvested commercially on a minor scale (FAO 2001b).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Anacanthus barbatus is of minor commercial importance (FAO 2001b), and so is not likely to be undergoing a significant population decline.

This species may also be impacted by habitat degradation caused by coastal development, however this is only a localised threat and because this species is found in a number of different habitat types this is not considered a major threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no species-specific conservation measures in place for Anacanthus barbatus.

Citation: Hutchins, B. 2010. Anacanthus barbatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T154935A4671918. . Downloaded on 15 October 2018.
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