Pomacanthus rhomboides 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Pomacanthidae

Scientific Name: Pomacanthus rhomboides (Gilchrist & Thompson, 1908)
Common Name(s):
English Old Woman Angelfish, Old Woman
Holacanthus rhomboides Gilchrist & Thompson, 1908

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-10-08
Assessor(s): Rocha, L.A., Pyle, R., Myers, R. & Craig, M.T.
Reviewer(s): Elfes, C., Polidoro, B., Livingstone, S. & Carpenter, K.E.
It is listed as Least Concern, as this is a common species with a relatively wide range and no apparent major threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs in the western Indian Ocean where it has been recorded along the East African coast from Delagoa Bay (Mozambique) to Knysna (South Africa). Animals have been reported at depths between 5-30 m (G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006).
Countries occurrence:
Mozambique; South Africa
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Atlantic – southeast; Indian Ocean – western
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):30
Upper depth limit (metres):5
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Population [top]

Population:It is generally common with stable populations.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Associated with rocky reefs and shoreline areas. Juveniles may be encountered in shallow tidal pools. Groups of adults (20 to 30 animals [Endoh 2007]) can occasionally be seen swimming above reefs in mid-water, sometimes coming close to the waters surface when feeding on plankton (G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006).

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is rarely collected for the aquarium trade.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

There appear to be no major threats to this species. Collection for the aquarium trade is very limited and localized and does not seem to affect the global population.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

There are no species-specific conservation measures in place. Populations are present within some marine protected areas.

Citation: Rocha, L.A., Pyle, R., Myers, R. & Craig, M.T. 2010. Pomacanthus rhomboides. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T165842A6146481. . Downloaded on 22 May 2018.
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