Microichthys coccoi 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Epigonidae

Scientific Name: Microichthys coccoi Rüppell, 1852
Regional Assessments:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2014
Date Assessed: 2014-06-23
Assessor(s): Pollard, D.
Reviewer(s): Gon, O. & Ralph, G.
Contributor(s): Yokes, B., Bizsel, K., Goren, M. & Kara, M.
Microichthys coccoi is restricted to the northeastern Atlantic Ocean, where it is known only from the Mediterranean and Azores. It was previously thought to be endemic to the Mediterranean. Although nothing is known of population size or trends, it is a small species (to three centimetres) occurring in mid-water and is thus unlikely to be threatened by existing fishing methods. Therefore, M. coccoi is assessed as Least Concern.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Microichthys coccoi was previously thought to be endemic to the Mediterranean Sea, specifically from the Ionian Sea (Mytilineou et al. 2005), south of the Strait of Messina, Sicily (Tortonese 1986) and the Aegean Sea. However, more recently there have been reports from the Azores as well (Carneiro et al. 2014, Gon in press). It is known from depths of 145 to 350 m (Gon in press).
Countries occurrence:
Albania; Greece (East Aegean Is., Greece (mainland), Kriti); Italy (Italy (mainland), Sicilia); Portugal (Azores); Turkey (Turkey-in-Asia, Turkey-in-Europe)
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Atlantic – eastern central; Mediterranean and Black Sea
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):350
Upper depth limit (metres):145
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Population [top]

Population:Mytilineou et al. (2005) collected this species in the northeastern Ionian Sea during four experimental surveys (Sept. 1999, Apr. 2000, Jul. 2000 and Sept. 2000) by means of trawls, with a density of 0.1 individuals per haul in the depth range of 500 to 700 m. No other information about population density or trends is available.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This is a small, mid-water pelagic species found at depths of 145 to 350 m (Gon in press).

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is not utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This is a species of no commercial interest. It is a very small fish (grows to three centimetres) and is unlikely to be caught even as bycatch.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There is no information available on any specific conservation measures for this species in the Mediterranean Sea. Microichthys coccoi was assessed as Least Concern globally in 2007 (Abdul Malak et al. 2011, IUCN 2011).

Citation: Pollard, D. 2014. Microichthys coccoi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T194859A49087606. . Downloaded on 15 October 2018.
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