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Himantolophus cornifer

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII LOPHIIFORMES HIMANTOLOPHIDAE

Scientific Name: Himantolophus cornifer
Species Authority: Bertelsen & Krefft, 1988

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-02-04
Assessor/s: Collen, B. & Richman, N.
Reviewer/s: Polidoro, B. & 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. and Livingston, F.
Justification:
Himantolophus cornifer has been assessed as Least Concern. This species can be found at bathypelagic depths and so is unlikely to be impacted by any major threats. It is of no commercial interest and is not known to be taken as by-catch. In addition, this species has a broad geographic range.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Himantolophus cornifer is found in the tropical waters of the northwestern and central Atlantic, the western Indian Ocean (Natal), the Coral Sea and the central Pacific. This species has also been recorded from the Gulf of Mexico.
Countries:
Native:
Papua New Guinea; South Africa; United States
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Native:
Atlantic – eastern central; Atlantic – western central; Indian Ocean – western; Pacific – eastern central; Pacific – western central
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Population [top]

Population: There is no population information available for Himantolophus cornifer.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The footballfish, Himantolophus cornifer is a meso and bathypelagic species that has a depth range of 0 to 1,900 m. The larvae of species from the Himantolophus genus are epipelagic, usually occurring less than 50 m below the surface, and at metamorphosis they descend to depths of more than 800 m (Bertelsen and Krefft 1988). This species uses a lure (modified dorsal fin spine) as a means by which to attract prey (FAO 2002).
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Himantolophus cornifer is of no commercial interest, and due to its small size it is unlikely to be taken as by-catch. There are no known major threats for this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no species-specific conservation measures in place for Himantolophus cornifer.
Citation: Collen, B. & Richman, N. 2010. Himantolophus cornifer. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 April 2014.
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