Odontanthias tapui


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Odontanthias tapui
Species Authority: (Randall, Maugé & Plessis, 1979)
Holanthias tapui Randall, Maugé & Plessis, 1979

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-02-04
Assessor(s): Heemstra, P.C. & Sadovy, Y.J.
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.
Holanthias tapui has been assessed as Least Concern. While only known from a few specimens, this species occupies a deepwater habitat where it is unlikely to be impacted by habitat degradation. It may occasionally be taken for the aquarium trade although this is unlikely to be triggering a rapid decline.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Odontanthias tapui is known from only a few specimens collected in the vicinity of Tahiti and the Cook Islands (Randall et al. 1978).
Cook Islands; French Polynesia
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – eastern central
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Population [top]

Population: This species is only known from a few specimens (P.C. Heemstra pers. comm. 2009).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Odontanthias tapui is a non-migratory, rocky reef-associated species that has been collected at a depth range of 120-350 m (Randall et al. 1979; P.C. Heemstra pers. comm. 2009).
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Odontanthias tapui may occassionally be taken for the aquarium trade (P.C. Heemstra pers. comm. 2009) but is unlikely to be triggering a rapid decline in the population numbers. Habitat degradation is unlikely to pose a significant threat to this deep-water species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no species-specific conservation measures in place for Odontanthias tapui.

Citation: Heemstra, P.C. & Sadovy, Y.J. 2010. Odontanthias tapui. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 29 August 2015.
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