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Exerpes asper

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII PERCIFORMES LABRISOMIDAE

Scientific Name: Exerpes asper
Species Authority: (Jenkins & Evermann, 1889)
Common Name(s):
English Sargassum blenny
Spanish Blenia ocelada, Trambollo sargacero
Synonym(s):
Auchenopterus asper Jenkins and Evermann, 1889

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2007-05-25
Assessor(s): Hastings, P. & Dominici-Arosemena, A.
Reviewer(s): Carpenter, K., Polidoro, B. & Livingstone, S. (Global Marine Species Assessment Team)
Justification:
This species is restricted to Baja California and the Gulf of California, and is common throughout its range. There are no known major threats to this shallow-water, reef-associated species other than potentially localized declines due to future ENSO and climate change events. It is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the Eastern Pacific, and is found from central to southern Baja California and in the western and central eastern Gulf of California.
Countries:
Native:
Mexico
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Native:
Pacific – eastern central
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Population [top]

Population: No population information is available for this species. This species is considered common within its range.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This benthic species is common in sargassum algae. It reef-associated, and found in shallow rocky reef areas to depths of 10m.
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats known for this species. However, given this species restricted distribution and shallow water habitat, future oceanographic environmental changes such as ENSO/global warming may have detrimental effects on the marine ecosystems and the survival of these shallow water regional endemic species (Chen et al. 2004; Soto, 2001).

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), including the Alto Golfo Marine Protected Area.

Citation: Hastings, P. & Dominici-Arosemena, A. 2010. Exerpes asper. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 30 September 2014.
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