Pomacanthus arcuatus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Pomacanthus arcuatus
Species Authority: (Linnaeus, 1758)
Common Name/s:
English Grey Angelfish, Angelfish, Pot Cover, Gray Angelfish
French Demoiselle blanche
Spanish Cachama blanca, Chivirica gris, Gallineta café, Guinea
Chaetodon arcuatus Linnaeus, 1758
Chaetodon aureus Bloch, 1787
Chaetodon littoricola Poey, 1868
Chaetodon lutescens Bonnaterre, 1788
Pomacanthus baltcatus Cuvier, 1831
Pomacanthus cingulatus Cuvier, 1831
Pomacanthus cinquecinctus Cuvier, 1831

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 in view of its wide distribution, large population and no apparent major threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is distributed in the western Atlantic from New York (probably not overwintering north of Florida) (USA), throughout the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, to Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) (Burgess 2002). Reported by Burgess (2002) to have been introduced to Bermuda. It is found at depths of 2-30 m.
Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Brazil; Cayman Islands; Colombia; Costa Rica; Cuba; Dominica; Dominican Republic; French Guiana; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Guatemala; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; Jamaica; Martinique; Mexico; Montserrat; Netherlands Antilles; Nicaragua; Panama; Puerto Rico; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos Islands; United States; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of; Virgin Islands, British; Virgin Islands, U.S.
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Atlantic – southwest; Atlantic – western central
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Population [top]

Population: This is a relatively common species with stable populations.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Fairly common on coral and rocky reefs. Seen mostly in pairs, but also as individuals and in small groups. They feed on various invertebrates (mostly sponges) and algae (Burgess 2002).
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

Collection for the aquarium trade is a local threat, but it does not seem to be affecting the population globally.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

There appear to be no species-specific conservation measures in place. This species is present within a number of marine protected areas. A maximum quota of 3,000 specimens for export from Brazil has been established for this species, which exceeds the current collection levels.

Citation: Pyle, R., Myers, R., Rocha, L.A. & Craig, M.T. 2010. Pomacanthus arcuatus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 24 April 2014.
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