Halichoeres aestuaricola 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Labridae

Scientific Name: Halichoeres aestuaricola Bussing, 1972
Common Name(s):
English Mangrove wrasse
Spanish SeƱorita de manglar

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2007-05-23
Assessor(s): Allen, G., Robertson, R., Barraza, E. & Rocha, L.
Reviewer(s): Sadovy, Y. & Craig, M.
This species is endemic to the Eastern Pacific, and is restricted to estuarine and mangrove habitats. More information on the amount of habitat loss within its range, longevity and age to maturity are needed to adequately assess this species. This species may qualify for a threatened category due to estimated extensive loss of mangrove habitat and impacts on estuarine areas due coastal development and extraction. It is listed as Data Deficient.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is found from the central eastern Gulf of California to Colombia, but the depicted range distribution is not very representative as it is restricted to mangrove and estuarine habitat (Aburto et al. 2008).
Countries occurrence:
Colombia; Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – eastern central; Pacific – southeast
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):5
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Population [top]

Population:There is no population information available for this species. This species is reasonably common in mangrove habitats in Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica, and fairly common in rocky habitats in estuaries in Barra de Santiago, El Salvador, and is frequently reported in studies of mangrove habitats in Colombia. However, it is considered to be uncommon in the Gulf of California.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This demersal species is frequently found in shallow-waters over rock, sand and mud substrate of mangroves and estuaries to depths of five m.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Coastal development and loss of mangrove and estuarine habitat are the main threats to this species. The exact percentage of habitat loss throughout its range needs to be estimated. Currently there is no known fishery for this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

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). More information on this species' life history traits including longevity and age of maturity is needed to better assesss the possible impact of habitat loss on its population.

Citation: Allen, G., Robertson, R., Barraza, E. & Rocha, L. 2010. Halichoeres aestuaricola. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T183529A8129153. . Downloaded on 19 September 2017.
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