|Scientific Name:||Prognathodes aya|
|Species Authority:||(Jordan, 1886)|
Chaetodon aya Jordan, 1886
Chaetodon eques Steindachner, 1903
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||Rocha, L.A. & Myers, R.|
|Reviewer(s):||Elfes, C., Polidoro, B., Livingstone, S. & Carpenter, K.E.|
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide Caribbean distribution, there are no major threats and because the population is unlikely to be declining.
|Range Description:||This species has been recorded from Florida (USA), through the Gulf of Mexico to the Campeche Bank. It has been recorded as a straggler as far north as Cape Hatteras (North Carolina, USA) (Allen 1980, Burgess 2002). It has been recorded at depths between 20 and 200 m (Burgess 2002), but is more common in deeper waters. Most specimens have been collected by trawlers working in deeper waters (Allen 1980).|
Native:Mexico; United States
|FAO Marine Fishing Areas:||
Atlantic – northwest; Atlantic – western central
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|Population:||There is very little known about the population of this species. However this species may be common as it is recorded as bycatch in trawl fisheries.|
|Habitat and Ecology:||This species is normally found in deep subtropical waters. Occurs on rocky slopes of shelf areas and also on soft bottoms. Feeds mostly on small, benthic invertebrates found on reefs and rocks (Burgess 1978, 2002).|
|Use and Trade:||It rarely found in the aquarium trade, because of the difficulty in retrieving it from deep waters (Allen 1980, Burgess 2002).|
There appear to be no major threats to this species. Collection is limited and is not considered to be impacting the global population.
There appear to be no species-specific conservation measures in place. This species is believed to be present within a number of marine protected areas. It is a poorly-known species with additional research needed.
|Citation:||Rocha, L.A. & Myers, R. 2010. Prognathodes aya. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 30 June 2015.|
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