|Scientific Name:||Halichoeres chierchiae|
|Species Authority:||Di Caporiacco, 1948|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Assessor/s:||Allen, G., Robertson, R., Rivera, F., Edgar, G., Zapata, F. & Rocha, L.|
|Reviewer/s:||Sadovy, Y. & Craig, M.|
This species is widespread in the Eastern Pacific, and common throughout most of its range. There are no known major threats to this species, and no current indication of population decline. It is listed as Least Concern.
|Range Description:||This species is endemic to the Eastern Pacific, and is found from southern Baja and the Gulf of California to northern Peru, and the Galapagos archipelago.|
Native:Colombia; Costa Rica; Ecuador; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama; Peru
|FAO Marine Fishing Areas:||
Pacific – eastern central; Pacific – southeast
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This species is common throughout most of its range on the continental coast. However, it is considered uncommon in the Galapagos Islands.
According to Aburto-Oropeza and Balart (2001), H. chierchiae is a common species at Los Islotes, Gulf of California, with an occurrence frequency between 10-30%. In Cabo Pulmo, Mexico, this fish was considered scarce, with a relative abundance between 0.1-1%, and a relative frequency between 25-50% (Villarreal-Cavazos et al. 2000). In Bahía de Navidad, Jalisco, still in México, this fish was not captured within 12 (one each month) field trips throughout a year (Rojo-Vázquez et al. 2001). Surveys conducted at Gorgona Island coral reefs, Colombia (Zapata and Morales, 1997; Rubio, 1986), also could not find this species.
|Habitat and Ecology:||Thie reef-associated species is commonly encountered in rocky reefs and sandy areas adjacent to reefs to depths of 70m. At Gulf of Chiriqui, this fish could be found in all types of substrata, except sand and rubble (Dominici-Arosemena and Wolff, 2006).|
|Major Threat(s):||There are no major threats known for this species. According to Dominici-Arosemena et al. (2005), this is a important aquarium fish in Gulf of Papagayo, Costa Rica, however, such localized collecting is unlikely to significantly affect the population.|
|Conservation Actions:||There are no known conservation measures for this species. However, this species distribution falls partially into a number of Marine Protected Areas in the Eastern Pacific region (WDPA 2006).|
|Citation:||Allen, G., Robertson, R., Rivera, F., Edgar, G., Zapata, F. & Rocha, L. 2010. Halichoeres chierchiae. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 17 April 2014.|
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