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Hemigymnus sexfasciatus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII PERCIFORMES LABRIDAE

Scientific Name: Hemigymnus sexfasciatus
Species Authority: (Rüppell, 1835)
Taxonomic Notes: Although this species was described in 1835 it was not recognised as a separate species from Halochoeres fasciatus until recently (Kuiter 2002). This species is not recognised by Parenti and Randall (2000).

It was formerly lumped with H. fasciatus, which does not seem to occur in the Red Sea (Kuiter 2002). The true H. fasciatus occurs from Oman and East Africa to the Pitcairn Group of Polynesia. Populations from the Gulf of Aden and Socotra need to be investigated. Halochoeres sexfasciatus differs from H. fasciatus in color pattern, but differences in morphology and genetics have not been investigated.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2008-06-12
Assessor(s): Choat, J.H., Myers, R. & Pollard, D.
Reviewer(s): Liu, M. & Carpenter, K.E.
Justification:
There is very little information about this species and it is only known from two records. There have been issues with misidentification and distributional limits. There are no known threats. It is listed as Data Deficient.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the Red Sea. Records from the Gulf of Aden and Socotra Island need to be verified.
Countries:
Native:
Djibouti; Egypt; Eritrea; Israel; Jordan; Saudi Arabia; Somalia; Sudan; Yemen
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Native:
Indian Ocean – western
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Population [top]

Population: There is no population information for this species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species inhabits areas of coral reefs, sand rubble and sheltered areas (Lieske and Myers 1994). This species is found at depths between 1-20 m (Lieske and Myers 1994).
Systems: Marine

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is captured incidentally in subsistence fisheries and most likely eaten.

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no specific conservation measures in place for this species. Its distribution overlaps several marine protected areas within its range.

Citation: Choat, J.H., Myers, R. & Pollard, D. 2010. Hemigymnus sexfasciatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 21 September 2014.
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