Chaetodon guentheri 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Chaetodontidae

Scientific Name: Chaetodon guentheri Ahl, 1923
Common Name(s):
English Crochet Butterflyfish, Crochet Butterflyfish, Gunther's Butterflyfish, Günther's Butterflyfish, Günther's Coralfish
Chaetodon güntheri Ahl, 1923
Chaetodon punctulatus Ahl, 1923

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-10-07
Assessor(s): Pyle, R. & Myers, R.
Reviewer(s): Elfes, C., Polidoro, B., Livingstone, S. & Carpenter, K.E.

Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, presumed large population and no apparent major threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This western Pacific Ocean species ranges from the island of Taiwan and southern Japan in the north, to southeast Australia in the south (Pyle 2001). Records include the Ryukyu Islands (Japan), Tonga (Randall et al. 2003), Indonesia, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Lord Howe Island, coastal New South Wales and the Great Barrier Reef (Australia) (Steene 1978, G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006). It has been recorded at depths from five to at least 50 m.
Countries occurrence:
Australia; Indonesia; Japan; Korea, Republic of; New Caledonia; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Taiwan, Province of China; Tonga
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – eastern; Pacific – eastern central; Pacific – northwest; Pacific – southwest; Pacific – western central
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):50
Upper depth limit (metres):5
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Population [top]

Population:It is generally common with stable populations (G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006). It is probably more common in the subtropical and temperate portion of its range (G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006).
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Populations are usually found over rocky reefs as well as coral-rich outer slopes. In tropical areas it frequents slopes adjacent to deep water exposed to cool upwellings (e.g. Bali, Komodo, and northern Sulawesi [all Indonesia]). Feeds on plankton and forms small to large aggregations (Pyle 2001).

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is rarely exported through the aquarium trade (Pyle 2001).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There appear to be no species specific conservation measures in place (G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006). This species is likely to be present in many marine protected areas (e.g. Lord Howe Island Marine Park).

Citation: Pyle, R. & Myers, R. 2010. Chaetodon guentheri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T165718A6100810. . Downloaded on 25 September 2018.
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