|Scientific Name:||Pseudocheilinops ataenia|
|Species Authority:||Schultz, 1960|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||Bertoncini, A. & Stockwell, B.|
|Reviewer(s):||Craig, M.T. & Carpenter, K.E.|
Although this species is linked to the status of living corals and thus vulnerable to bleaching, this species is widespread. Some localized declines may occur associated with coral death but not enough to warrant a threatened category. It is sometimes collected for the aquarium trade. This is thought to be an uncommon species, although this may be because it is difficult to see. This species is listed as Least Concern.
|Range Description:||In the western central Pacific, this species is found from southern Philippines to Indonesia and Micronesia (Parenti and Randall 2000). From Papua to Flores and Togean Islands (Allen and Adrim 2003), Celebes (Indonesia) to Palau and in Kimbe bay (Papua New Guinea) (Hubble 2003).|
Native:Indonesia; Malaysia; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Solomon Islands
|FAO Marine Fishing Areas:||
Indian Ocean – eastern; Pacific – western central
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|Population:||For the Solomon Islands Marine Assessment (Allen 2006) it was considered generally rare, but locally common on sheltered reefs, at depths from 5-25 m. It is also thought to be uncommon to rare in the Philippines (B. Stockwell pers. comm. 2009).|
|Habitat and Ecology:||
This species is found in still coastal waters, where brittle corals grow high. It occurs in small groups that feed actively among the lower and dead parts of the corals with coralline algae. It is easily overlooked because of its small size. The recorded length is up to 6.5 cm, but usually much smaller (Kuiter and Tonozuka 2001). This is a species that relies heavily on corals.
It is a secretive species and feeds on amphipods and other small invertebrates. It is commonly associated to Anacropora (Hubble, 2003).
|Use and Trade:||This species is occasionally collected for the aquarium trade.|
|Major Threat(s):||There are no major threats to this species. Due to their reliance on live corals, coral bleaching may be a threat locally where it occurs.|
|Conservation Actions:||There are no species specific conservation measures in place. However, it is well protected throughout its range in the Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion (SSME), shelters Bunaken National Park, Gorontalo MPA, Berau MPA and Sangire Talaud.|
|Citation:||Bertoncini, A. & Stockwell, B. 2010. Pseudocheilinops ataenia. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 27 August 2014.|
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