Chelarctus aureus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Chelarctus aureus
Species Authority: (Holthuis, 1963)
Common Name(s):
English Locust Lobster
Scyllarus aureus Holthuis, 1963

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
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.
Chelarctus aureus has been assessed as Least Concern. While little is known on this species, the few specimens that have been collected cover a broad area, and there is no known directed fishery. However, further collections of this species are needed to better understand habitat and biology.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is only known from a few records in the South China Sea (60 miles off Sarawak), the Phillippines (Tayabas), the Makassar Strait off Indonesia, and the Fiji Archipelago (Holthuis 2002).
Fiji; Indonesia (Kalimantan, Sulawesi); Malaysia (Sarawak); Philippines
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – western central
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Population [top]

Population: As this species is only known from a limited number of records there is no population information.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is found at depths from 100 to 200 m. The preferred substrate is unknown, except for the type specimen which was found on green mud (Holthuis 2002).
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The threats to this species are unknown, though it is not known to be fished (T.Y Chan pers. comm. 2009).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no species-specific conservation measures in place for this species. Further work is needed to determine population size, and trend, and if there are any threats to this species.

Citation: Chan, T.Y. 2013. Chelarctus aureus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 27 March 2015.
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