Iniistius javanicus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Iniistius javanicus
Species Authority: (Bleeker, 1862)
Common Name(s):
English The Java razorfish
Novacula javanica Bleeker, 1862
Xyrichtys javanicus (Bleeker, 1862)
Taxonomic Notes: There is some taxonomic confusion between the species under Xyrichtys and Iniistius. The genus Iniistius has been considered a synonym of Xyrichtys by some authors but it is now recognized as a separate genus, distinct from Xyrichtys (Randall and Earle 2002, Randall et al. 2002). Seventeen species are included in Iniistius and they are: I. aneitensis, I. auropunctatus, I. baldwini, I. bimaculatus, I. cyanifrons, I. dea, I. evides, I. griffithsi, I. jacksoniensis, I. melanopus, I. pavo, I. pentadactylus, I. spilonotus, I. trivittatus, I. twistii, I. umbrilatus, and I. verrens.

This species was formerly valid as Xyrichtys javanicus, its current status is Iniistius javanicus (Bleeker 1862) (Allen and Adrim 2003).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-03-25
Assessor(s): Bertoncini, A. & Myers, R.
Reviewer(s): Craig, M.T. & Carpenter, K.E.
There is little known about this species as it is only known from a few specimens. It is therefore listed as Data Deficient.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from Java, Indonesia (Eschmeyer 1999). Records from the Red Sea (Goren and Dor 1994) are suspect (R. Myers pers. comm. 2009).
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – eastern
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Population [top]

Population: There is no population information available for this species. It is only known from a few specimens.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: There is very little information about this species. It most likely inhabits sand and rubble bottom habitats.
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats known to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no species-specific conservation measures in place for this species. However, its distribution overlaps several marine protected areas within its range (Wood 2007).

Citation: Bertoncini, A. & Myers, R. 2010. Iniistius javanicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 02 April 2015.
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