|Scientific Name:||Chaetodontoplus ballinae|
|Species Authority:||Whitley, 1959|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|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 although the species has a limited range, there is no collection for the aquarium trade, most populations are within well-managed protected areas, it is a deepwater species with no habitat degradation expected, and consequently there appear to be no major threats.
|Range Description:||This species is distributed in the southwest Pacific where it has been recorded from northern New South Wales (Coffs Harbour, Ballina, North Solitary Islands) and Lord Howe Island both in Australia (G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006). It is found from 10-80 m depth (G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006).|
Native:Australia (Lord Howe Is., New South Wales)
|FAO Marine Fishing Areas:||
Pacific – southwest
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|Population:||There is little known about the general abundance, although it appears to be a naturally rare species (G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006).|
|Habitat and Ecology:||Little is known about the natural history of this species. It is generally associated with coral and rocky reef habitats (G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006). It is found singly or in pairs (Endoh 2007).|
|Use and Trade:||It is not available in the aquarium trade (Endoh 2007), but specimens would be very valuable if they became available.|
Although the species has a limited range, there is no collection for the aquarium trade, most populations are within well-managed protected areas, it is a deepwater species with no habitat degradation expected, and consequently there appear to be no major threats.
Although there appear to be no species-specific conservation measures in place, the Lord Howe population is within the Lord Howe Island Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters), it is also expected to be present within marine protected areas on the coast of New South Wales (such as the Solitary Islands Marine Park). Additional general research is needed into the natural history of this poorly-known species.
|Citation:||Pyle, R., Myers, R., Rocha, L.A. & Craig, M.T. 2010. Chaetodontoplus ballinae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 04 March 2015.|
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