Chaetodontoplus melanosoma 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Pomacanthidae

Scientific Name: Chaetodontoplus melanosoma (Bleeker, 1853)
Common Name(s):
English Black-velvet Angelfish, Blackvelvet Angelfish, Black Velvet Angelfish, Brown Angelfish, Phantom Angelfish
Holacanthus melanosoma Bleeker, 1853

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-10-08
Assessor(s): Allen, G.
Reviewer(s): Elfes, C., Polidoro, B., Livingstone, S. & Carpenter, K.E.
Although this species is uncommon, it has a relatively wide distribution, and current harvesting for the aquarium trade is not thought to be impacting the global population. The species has no major threats. It is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is restricted to central Indonesia (western Java, Bali, Komodo, Flores, Sulawesi, and northeastern Kalimantan), Malaysia (Sabah), and the Philippines (Sulu Archipelago, Cebu, and southern Luzon), occurring at depths of about 5-30m (G.R. Allen, pers. comm. 2010). Records from other areas represent misidentifications of other similar species.
Countries occurrence:
Indonesia; Malaysia (Sabah); Philippines
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – western central
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):30
Upper depth limit (metres):5
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Population [top]

Population:While this species appears to be uncommon, populations are generally thought to be stable (G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006).
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species inhabits coastal and outer rocky or coral reefs, often exposed to strong currents and cool upwelling (Pyle 2001, G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006). It feeds on sponges and tunicates; animals are solitary or encountered in pairs (Pyle 2001).

Use and Trade [top]

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

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

There appear to be no major threats to this species as a whole (G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

There appear to be no species-specific conservation measures in place (G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006).

Citation: Allen, G. 2010. Chaetodontoplus melanosoma. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T165850A6148337. . Downloaded on 20 June 2018.
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