Chaetodon declivis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Chaetodontidae

Scientific Name: Chaetodon declivis Randall, 1975
Common Name(s):
English Marquesan Butterflyfish, Marquesas Butterflyfish, Marquesas Butterflyfish

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-10-08
Assessor(s): Pyle, R., Myers, R. & Pratchett, M.
Reviewer(s): Elfes, C., Polidoro, B., Livingstone, S. & Carpenter, K.E.
Although it has a relatively restricted range, there are no major threats. The population is unlikely to be declining. The species is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known only from the Marquesas Islands (French Polynesia), Phoenix Islands (Kiribati), and Line Islands (Kiribati and USA) in the South Pacific Ocean (G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006). It is found at depths of 20-80 m.
Countries occurrence:
French Polynesia; Kiribati; United States Minor Outlying Islands (US Line Is.)
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – eastern central
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):80
Upper depth limit (metres):20
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Population [top]

Population:It is relatively common at depths of 25 to 40 m. The population at Christmas Island (in the Line Islands) is believed to be stable.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Found on rocky reef and coral reef slopes and steep walls adjacent to sandy bottoms, usually below 20-30 m (G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006).

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: In 2001-2006 it was frequently collected for the international pet trade, however the market has decreased significantly in recent years (R. Pyle pers. comm. 2009).

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 believed to be present within a number of marine protected areas.

Citation: Pyle, R., Myers, R. & Pratchett, M. 2010. Chaetodon declivis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T165708A6097568. . Downloaded on 21 June 2018.
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