Bhanotia nuda 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Syngnathiformes Syngnathidae

Scientific Name: Bhanotia nuda
Species Authority: Dawson, 1978
Common Name(s):
English Naked Pipefish
Taxonomic Source(s): Dawson, C. E. 1978. Review of the Indo-Pacific pipefish genus Bhanotia, with description of B. nuda n. sp. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 91(2): 392-407.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-01-27
Assessor(s): Bartnik, S., Robinson, E., Morgan, S.K., Sorensen, M., Fritzsche, R., Collette, B., Nelson, J., Dooley, J., Matsuura, K. & Carpenter, K.
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.
Bhanotia nuda has been assessed as Least Concern. This species is not known to be impacted by any major threats at present. While its habitat may be undergoing degradation from a number of potential threat processes, this species is unlikely to be significantly impacted as it shows little habitat specificity and is tolerant of a range of conditions. Monitoring of the population trends of this species shall better determine any unknown threats to this species.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Bhanotia nuda is known from Palau and Maiwara Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea. The area in which this species is distributed is less than 5,000 km2.
Countries occurrence:
Palau; Papua New Guinea
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – western central
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Population [top]

Population:There is no population information available for Bhanotia nuda.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Bhanotia nuda is a small and secretive species found on shallow algae reef habitats, in tidal pools and in sheltered reef flats (Kuiter 2000). It is also known from the vicinity of mangrove forests, coral reefs, and silty waters. Metamorphosed individuals of this species may be found in tide pools to a depth of at least 14 m (Myers 1991). Males carry the eggs in a brood pouch which is found under the tail (R. Fritzsche pers. comm. 2009).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Bhanotia nuda is known from a number of habitat types including mangroves, silty coastal waters, algal reefs and coral reef systems, some of which are threatened. However, since this species utilizes a number of different habitats, there are no known specific major threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no species-specific conservation measures in place for Bhanotia nuda, however its distribution range may coincide with a number of marine protected areas.

Monitoring of the population trends of this species is needed.

Citation: Bartnik, S., Robinson, E., Morgan, S.K., Sorensen, M., Fritzsche, R., Collette, B., Nelson, J., Dooley, J., Matsuura, K. & Carpenter, K. 2010. Bhanotia nuda. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T154938A4672539. . Downloaded on 27 October 2016.
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