Thalassoma genivittatum 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Labridae

Scientific Name: Thalassoma genivittatum (Valenciennes, 1839)
Common Name(s):
English Red-cheek wrasse
Julis bicolor Günther, 1862
Julis bicolor Günther, 1862
Julis commersoni Valenciennes, 1839
Julis commersoni Valenciennes, 1839
Julis genivittatus Valenciennes, 1839
Julis genivittatus Valenciennes, 1839
Thalassoma commersoni (Valenciennes, 1839)
Thalassoma commersoni (Valenciennes, 1839)
Thalassoma mascarenna Fricke, 1999
Thalassoma mascarenna Fricke, 1999
Taxonomic Notes: This species is very similar in appearance to T. hebraicum.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-03-09
Assessor(s): Pollard, D. & Cabanban, A.
Reviewer(s): Craig, M.T. & Carpenter, K.E.
This species has a relatively restricted range in the Indian Ocean, and is considered common in at least parts of its range. It is collected for the aquarium trade, but there are no major threats known to this species. It is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is found in the western Indian Ocean, in South Africa (Natal), Madagascar, Reunion, Mauritius, Rodrigues and the Seychelles.
Countries occurrence:
Madagascar; Mauritius; Mozambique; Réunion; South Africa
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – western
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):25
Upper depth limit (metres):4
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:This species is common in the Seychelles (L. Rocha pers. comm. 2008).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species occurs in small groups in rocky reef areas with little coral cover (Lieske and Myers 1994), at depths of 4-25 m (Baensch and Debelius 1997).

There appears to be some colour dimorphism between the initial phase (with a whitish belly) and the terminal phase (with a greenish body, darker above, and yellow bands behind the head and before the tail). It feeds on benthic macro-invertebrates (Masuda and Allen 1993).

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is occasionally collected for the aquarium trade.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats known for this species, although it is occasionally collected for the aquarium trade.

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.

Citation: Pollard, D. & Cabanban, A. 2010. Thalassoma genivittatum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T187617A8581944. . Downloaded on 25 September 2017.
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