Chaetodon mesoleucos 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Chaetodontidae

Scientific Name: Chaetodon mesoleucos Forsskål, 1775
Common Name(s):
English White-face Butterflyfish, White-face Butterflyfish, White Fronted butter flyfish
French Poisson papillon à poitrine blanche
Chaetodon hadjan Bloch & Schneider, 1801
Chaetodon mesoleucor Forsskål, 1775
Chaetodon mesoleucus Forsskål, 1775

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-10-08
Assessor(s): Myers, R. & Pratchett, M.
Reviewer(s): Elfes, C., Polidoro, B., Livingstone, S. & Carpenter, K.E.
This species has a relatively restricted range and is uncommon. Little is known about the biology of this species, but there do not appear to be any major threats. It is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs in the central Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, and Socotra (Allen 1980, G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006). It has been recorded to depths of 1-25 m (Allen 1980).
Countries occurrence:
Djibouti; Egypt; Eritrea; Israel; Saudi Arabia; Somalia; Sudan; Yemen
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – western
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):25
Upper depth limit (metres):1
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Population [top]

Population:This species is uncommon. Population trends are unknown.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is generally associated with rocky and coral reef habitats (Allen 1980, G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006). The biology of this species is unknown, but given it is successfully kept in aquaria it probably is not reliant on live coral.

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is occasionally collected for the aquarium trade (Allen 1980, G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

There appear to be no major threats to this species. Collection is limited and is not considered to be impacting the global population.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There appear to be no species-specific conservation measures in place. This species is present within marine protected areas. Research is required to establish the dietary requirements, general biology, and habitat use of this species.

Citation: Myers, R. & Pratchett, M. 2010. Chaetodon mesoleucos. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T165618A6069401. . Downloaded on 26 September 2018.
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