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Pentacheles laevis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA ARTHROPODA MALACOSTRACA DECAPODA POLYCHELIDAE

Scientific Name: Pentacheles laevis
Species Authority: Bate, 1878
Synonym/s:
Polycheles beaumontii (Alcock, 1894)
Polycheles gracilis (Bate, 1978)
Polycheles granulatus Faxon, 1893
Polycheles laevis (Bate, 1978)

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.
Justification:
Pentacheles laevis is assessed as Least Concern because it has a very large distribution throughout several oceans, is described as common, lives at great depths and is not being impacted by any major threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is found in the western and eastern Atlantic Ocean, Indo-West Pacific Ocean and the Eastern Pacific (Poore and Ahyong 2004, Ahyong 2007). It is specifically recorded in the waters off Brazil, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Taiwan (Eldredge et al. 2000, Ahyong and Chan 2004, Poore and Ahyong 2004, Ahyong and Galil 2006, Ahyong 2007, Costa et al. 2007). It is also found off Colombia, Canada, USA, Indonesia, Tasmania, Philippines, Fiji, Galapagos Islands, Panama, Madagascar, Easter Island and Sri Lanka (Galil 2000, Poupin 2003).
Countries:
Native:
Australia; Brazil; Canada; Chile (Easter Is.); Colombia; Ecuador (Galápagos); Fiji; French Polynesia; Indonesia; Madagascar; New Caledonia; New Zealand; Panama; Philippines; Sri Lanka; Taiwan, Province of China; United States
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Native:
Atlantic – northwest; Atlantic – southwest; Indian Ocean – eastern; Indian Ocean – western; Pacific – eastern central; Pacific – northeast; Pacific – northwest; Pacific – southeast; Pacific – southwest; Pacific – western central
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Population [top]

Population: This species is described as common in the Tasman Sea (Ahyong 2007).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: There is no habitat information available for this species.  It has been collected from depths of 215 - 2,505 m (Galil 2000).
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is unlikely this species is being impacted on by any major threat processes and the great depths this species exists at means commercial harvesting is unlikely (Chan 1998).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no conservation measures in place for this species.
Citation: Chan, T.Y. 2011. Pentacheles laevis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 April 2014.
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