|Scientific Name:||Anampses geographicus|
|Species Authority:||Valenciennes, 1840|
Anampses pterophthalmus Bleeker, 1857
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Reviewer(s):||Craig, M.T. & Carpenter, K.E.|
This species has a wide distribution in the tropical and sub tropical waters of the western Pacific. Although there is no evidence for any population declines, the species is commonly taken in the marine aquarium fish trade, and maybe occasionally also for food. It is, however, protected in MPAs within parts of its area of distribution. It is therefore listed as Least Concern.
|Range Description:||This species is widely distributed throughout the Indo-West Pacific region and in the western Pacific Ocean from the Kashiwa-jima Islands, S Japan, east to French Polynesia (M. Kulbicki pers. comm. 2008) and southwestern and central eastern Australia (including Lord Howe Island) (Lieske and Myers 1994). There are questionable records of the species from Mauritius in the western Indian Ocean.|
Native:Australia; Cook Islands; Fiji; Indonesia; Japan; Malaysia; Micronesia, Federated States of ; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Taiwan, Province of China; Wallis and Futuna
|FAO Marine Fishing Areas:||
Indian Ocean – eastern; Pacific – eastern central; Pacific – northwest; Pacific – southwest; Pacific – western central
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|Population:||This is a relatively common species throughout parts of its range. There is no other population information available for this species.|
|Habitat and Ecology:||
This species occurs in shallower insular and coastal waters, primarily around coral reefs, in depths from 3-25 m. It may also occur over algal habitats (Lieske and Myers 1994).
It is carnivorous, feeding mainly on benthic macro-invertebrates, and especially crustaceans (Sano et al. 1984, Lieske and Myers 1994, Broad 2003). It shows sexual colour dimorphism and is probably a protogynous hermaphrodite (Lieske and Myers 1994, Leem et al. 1998).
|Use and Trade:||This species is commonly captured live and traded as an aquarium display species, and in some areas it may also be taken for food in local subsistence/artisanal fisheries.|
|Major Threat(s):||There are no known major threats to this species, though specimens are occassionally captured for the marine aquarium fish trade.|
|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. 2010. Anampses geographicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 29 August 2014.|
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