Pseudodax moluccanus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Labridae

Scientific Name: Pseudodax moluccanus (Valenciennes, 1840)
Common Name(s):
English Chisel-tooth wrasse, Chiseltooth wrasse
French Labre des Moluques, Vieille ciseau
Spanish Vieja cuchilla
Odax moluccanus Valenciennes, 1840
Odax moluccanus Valenciennes, 1840
Pseudodax mollucanus (Valenciennes, 1840)
Pseudodax mollucanus (Valenciennes, 1840)
Pseudodax molluccanus (Valenciennes, 1840)
Pseudodax molluccanus (Valenciennes, 1840)
Pseudodax molucanus (Valenciennes, 1840)
Pseudodax molucanus (Valenciennes, 1840)
Pseudodax moluccans (Valenciennes, 1840)
Pseudodax moluccans (Valenciennes, 1840)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-03-25
Assessor(s): Sadovy, Y., Pollard, D.A. & Rocha, L.A.
Reviewer(s): Craig, M.T. & Carpenter, K.E.
This species is wide-ranging and is common in most parts of its range with no known major threats. It is therefore listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This Indo-Pacific species is found from the Red Sea and East Africa to the Tuamotu Islands, north to southern Japan and south to Lord Howe Island, Australia (Parenti and Randall 2000).
Countries occurrence:
American Samoa; Australia; British Indian Ocean Territory; China; Christmas Island; Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Comoros; Cook Islands; Djibouti; Egypt; Eritrea; Fiji; French Polynesia; Guam; India; Indonesia; Israel; Japan; Jordan; Kenya; Kiribati; Madagascar; Malaysia; Maldives; Marshall Islands; Mauritius; Mayotte; Micronesia, Federated States of ; Mozambique; Nauru; New Caledonia; Niue; Northern Mariana Islands; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; RĂ©union; Samoa; Saudi Arabia; Seychelles; Singapore; Solomon Islands; Somalia; South Africa; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Taiwan, Province of China; Tanzania, United Republic of; Thailand; Tokelau; Tonga; Tuvalu; United States Minor Outlying Islands; Vanuatu; Viet Nam; Wallis and Futuna; Yemen
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – western; Indian Ocean – eastern; Pacific – eastern central; Pacific – northwest; Pacific – western central
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):60
Upper depth limit (metres):3
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Population [top]

Population:This species is relatively common in some areas within its range. It is rare in Malaysia and the Philippines.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species inhabits depths from 3-60 m (Westneat 2001), usually 4-40 m (Baensch and Debelius 1997). It inhabits clear channels and seaward reefs (Lieske and Myers 1994). Juveniles are commonly found along drop-offs below 18 m. Adults usually found near caves while juveniles frequently live inside them.

Adults are solitary and feed on algae and small invertebrates. Juveniles have been observed 'cleaning' other fishes. Because of its dentition, it is regarded as a close relative to the parrotfishes (Scaridae), although it behaves like the species of Anampses.

Threats [top]

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

Citation: Sadovy, Y., Pollard, D.A. & Rocha, L.A. 2010. Pseudodax moluccanus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T187713A8608971. . Downloaded on 24 May 2018.
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