|Scientific Name:||Achirus achirus (Linnaeus, 1758)|
Pleuronectes achirus Linnaeus, 1758
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||Munroe, T., Buddo, D. & Grijalba Bendeck, L.|
This species is widely distributed and common where it occurs in estuaries. There are no known major threats, therefore, it is listed as Least Concern.
|Range Description:||Achirus achirus is distributed in the western Atlantic along the northern coast of South America from the Gulf of Paria, Trinidad east to the mouth of the Amazon River in Brazil (Munroe 2002).|
Native:Brazil; French Guiana; Guyana; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
|FAO Marine Fishing Areas:|
Atlantic – western central; Atlantic – southwest
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|Population:||This species appears to be fairly common in estuaries throughout its range.|
|Current Population Trend:||Unknown|
|Habitat and Ecology:||This demersal species occurs over sand-mud bottoms in estuarine, or nearly freshwater habitats at depths of 20 m or less. It feeds on small invertebrates and fishes. The spawning season is between July and September.|
|Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:||Unknown|
|Use and Trade:||This species is currently targeted by artisanal fisheries only and is considered under-exploited (Munroe 2002). However, reported catch statistics may be inaccurate due to the richness of common names for flatfishes in Brazil. It may become an important species for fisheries, as it is considered a highly esteemed foodfish.|
There are no known major threats.
There are no species-specific conservation measures in place.
|Citation:||Munroe, T., Buddo, D. & Grijalba Bendeck, L. 2015. Achirus achirus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T16404574A16510107.Downloaded on 15 October 2018.|
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