|Scientific Name:||Anacanthus barbatus|
|Species Authority:||Gray, 1830|
Psilocephalus barbatus (Gray, 1830)
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|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.
|Range Description:||Anacanthus barbatus is distributed from western India, east to the Philippines, and south to northwestern Australia.|
Native: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
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|Population:||There is no population information available for Anacanthus barbatus.|
|Current Population Trend:||Unknown|
|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:||Anacanthus barbatus is harvested commercially on a minor scale (FAO 2001b).|
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:||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 27 February 2017.|
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