|Scientific Name:||Novaculichthys macrolepidotus|
|Species Authority:||(Bloch, 1791)|
Labrus macrolepidotus Bloch, 1791
|Taxonomic Notes:||Novaculichthys macrolepidotus has been assigned to the genus Novaculoides by Randall and Earle (2004) (R. Myers pers. comm. 2008).|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||Craig, M., Rocha, L. & Liu, M.|
|Reviewer(s):||Sadovy, Y. & Carpenter, K.E.|
This species is widespread in the Indo-Pacific, and is common in some parts of its range. There are no major threats known to this species. It is listed as Least Concern. However, more information on population trends and its harvest level is needed.
|Range Description:||This species is widespread in the Indo-West Pacific, and is found from the Red Sea and East Africa to Tonga, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to Lord Howe Island.|
Native:Australia; British Indian Ocean Territory; China; Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Comoros; Djibouti; Egypt; Eritrea; Fiji; Guam; India; Indonesia; Israel; Japan; Jordan; Kenya; Madagascar; Malaysia; Mauritius; Mayotte; Mozambique; New Caledonia; Northern Mariana Islands; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Réunion; Saudi Arabia; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Somalia; South Africa; Sudan; Taiwan, Province of China; Tanzania, United Republic of; Tonga; Vanuatu; Yemen
|FAO Marine Fishing Areas:||
Indian Ocean – western; Indian Ocean – eastern; Pacific – eastern central; Pacific – northwest; Pacific – southwest; Pacific – western central
|Lower depth limit (metres):||25|
|Upper depth limit (metres):||1|
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|Population:||There is no population information available for this species. This species can be common.
In New Caledonia, a total of seven individuals were observed in several UVC surveys with a size of seven to 14 cm (M. Kulbicki pers. comm. 2008).
|Current Population Trend:||Unknown|
|Habitat and Ecology:||This species is found in seagrass beds, rubble covered with algae, and sandy algal flats of lagoons and mangrove channels. It is secretive amongst the vegetation and well-camouflaged. It feeds on zoobenthos.
Juveniles are known to mimic Ablabys spp. (R. Myers pers. comm. 2008).
|Use and Trade:||This species is utilized in the aquarium trade, but is not particularly common and sells for US$ 20-40 in the USA (2008).|
|Major Threat(s):||There are no major threats for this species. However, this species may be locally threatened by habitat loss from coastal development in some parts of it range. It is present in the aquarium trade but degree of extraction is not known.|
|Conservation Actions:||There are no specific conservation measures in place for this species. Its distribution overlaps several marine protected areas within its range.|
|Citation:||Craig, M., Rocha, L. & Liu, M. 2010. Novaculichthys macrolepidotus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T187763A8624473. . Downloaded on 28 November 2015.|
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