Puerulus angulatus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Puerulus angulatus
Species Authority: (Bate, 1888)
Common Name/s:
English Banded Whip Lobster
Panulirus angulatus Bate, 1888

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2011
Date Assessed: 2009-12-03
Assessor/s: MacDiarmid, A.
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.
Puerulus angulatus has been assessed as Least Concern. This species has a broad range, and is abundant in parts of its range. At present there is no targeted fishery for this species, though attempts have been made to establish one. At present, the only threat is the by-catch of this species in small areas of its range, though this is unlikley to be significantly impacting the population.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is distributed across the Indo-west Pacific region, to the western Indian Ocean (Holthuis 1991). It is also known from Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea and Western Australia (Holthuis 1991, Sekiguchi et al. 1996) as well as New Caledonia (Coutures and Booth 2004), Tonga (Sekiguchi et al. 1996), and the Maldives (de Bruin 1995).
Australia (Western Australia); Indonesia; Japan; Madagascar; Maldives; Mozambique; New Caledonia; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal); Taiwan, Province of China; Tanzania, United Republic of; Tonga
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – eastern; Indian Ocean – western; Pacific – northwest; Pacific – southwest; Pacific – western central
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Population [top]

Population: This species is considered to be abundant off the Maldives (de Bruin 1995).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species inhabits soft substrates (mud or sand) at a depth range of 274-536 m (Holthuis 1991).
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): At present there is no targeted fishery for this species. It is taken as by-catch in some parts of its range. Attempts have been made to establish a fishery off Kenya, however these have ceased and no further attempts have been made. At present, the harvesting of this species is not considered a major threat to the population.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no species-specific conservation measures in place for this species.
Citation: MacDiarmid, A. 2011. Puerulus angulatus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 16 April 2014.
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