Holacanthus bermudensis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Holacanthus bermudensis
Species Authority: Goode, 1876
Common Name(s):
English Bermuda Blue Angelfish, Corn Sugar, Blue Angel, Angelfish
Spanish Chabelita azul, Isabelita azul
Holacanthus ciliaris bermudensis Goode, 1876
Holacanthus isabelita (Jordan & Rutter, 1898)
Holocanthus bermudensis Goode, 1876
Taxonomic Notes: The entire population in Bermuda may consist of hybrids between this species and Holacanthus ciliaris (L. Rocha pers. comm. 2009).

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., Rocha, L.A. & Craig, M.T.
Reviewer(s): Elfes, C., Polidoro, B., Livingstone, S. & Carpenter, K.E.
Listed as Least Concern, as this species is common throughout its relatively wide range and there are no apparent threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This West Atlantic species has been recorded from Bermuda, the Bahamas, Florida to Yucatán, including the Gulf of Mexico, and as a vagrant north to New Jersey (Burgess 2002). This species has been recorded at depths between 2-92 m, but is most common between 5-25 m.
Anguilla; Bahamas; Bermuda; Dominican Republic; Haiti; Mexico; Puerto Rico; Turks and Caicos Islands; United States; Virgin Islands, British; Virgin Islands, U.S.
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Atlantic – western central
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Population [top]

Population: This species is common in coastal reefs with turbid waters in Florida, and in deep reefs in the Gulf of Mexico.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species inhabits coral and rocky reefs. Feeds primarily on sponges and small benthic invertebrates (Burgess 2002).
Systems: Marine

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is common in the aquarium trade.

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:

Present in several conservation areas throughout its range. The collection and sale of this species in Bermuda is prohibited by law.

Citation: Pyle, R., Myers, R., Rocha, L.A. & Craig, M.T. 2010. Holacanthus bermudensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 29 August 2015.
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