Acanthacaris tenuimana


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Acanthacaris tenuimana
Species Authority: Bate, 1888
Common Name/s:
English Prickly Deep-sea Lobster
French Langoustine Spinuleuse
Spanish Cigala Raspa
Acanthacaris opipara Burukovsky & Musyij, 1976
Phoberus brevirostris Tung, Wang & Li, 1985

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2009-12-03
Assessor/s: Chan, T.Y.
Reviewer/s: Collen, B., Livingstone, S. & Richman, N.
Contributor/s: Batchelor, A., De Silva, R., Dyer, E., Kasthala, G., Lutz, M.L., McGuinness, S., Milligan, H.T., Soulsby, A.-M. & Whitton, F.
Acanthacaris tenuimana is assessed as Least Concern because it has a widespread distribution across several ocean systems, and is not being impacted by any major threat process.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is distributed throughout the Indo-west Pacific area including Natal, Mozambique, Madagascar, Laccadive Islands, Japan, Philippines, New Caledonia, Indonesia, the Solomon Islands, the South China Sea, and Queensland in Australia (Holthuis 1991; Poore 2004; Chan et al. 2009).

This species has many synonyms and as such has many type localities.
The type locality of this species is the 'Challenger' Station 191, south of New Guinea at a depth of 1463 m (lat. 5º41'S., long. 134º4'30' E.).
The type locality of Acanthacaris opipara is the southwest part of the Indian Ocean near Durban, at a depth of 830-850 m (29º57'6'- 29º52'5'S., 31º46'2'-31º52'5'E).
The type locality of Phoberus brevirostris is the East China Sea at a depth of 300-900 m (29º00'-30' N, 127º00'-30'E) (Holthuis 1991).
Australia (Queensland); China; India (Laccadive Is.); Indonesia; Japan; Madagascar; Malaysia; Mozambique; New Caledonia; Philippines; Solomon Islands; South Africa; Viet Nam
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – eastern; Indian Ocean – western; Pacific – northwest; Pacific – western central
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Population [top]


There is insufficient population data available for this species.

Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This deep sea species inhabits a muddy or coralline substrate (Holthuis 1991) and has been found between depths of 300 and 1,463 m deep.
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

It is unlikely that any major threat is impacting this species. This species is presently only taken in small quantities in deep water trawls.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

There are no species-specific conservation measures in place for this species.

Citation: Chan, T.Y. 2011. Acanthacaris tenuimana. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 23 April 2014.
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