Eurypegasus papilio 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Gasterosteiformes Pegasidae

Scientific Name: Eurypegasus papilio
Species Authority: (Gilbert, 1905)
Common Name(s):
English Hawaiian Sea-moth Fish
Pegasus papilio Gilbert, 1905
Taxonomic Source(s): Palsson, W.A. and Pietsch, T.W. 1989. Revision of the acanthopterygian fish family Pegasidae (order Gasterosteiformes). Indo-Pacific Fishes 18: 1–38.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-12-15
Assessor(s): Sorensen, M. & Vincent, A.
Reviewer(s): Curtis, J. & O’Donnell, K.
E. papilio is listed as Data Deficient due to the lack of information required to assess this species under any of the IUCN criteria. No new information is available on this species since the last listing of Data Deficient in the 1996 IUCN red list. A listing of Data Deficient does not imply that the species is not threatened, but instead that not enough information exists to estimate extinction risk. Research is needed on E. papilio’s habitat requirements, population numbers/trends and fisheries information.
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Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:

E. papilio is known only from the Hawaiian Islands (Tinker 1978).

Countries occurrence:
United States (Hawaiian Is.)
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – eastern central
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Population [top]

Current Population Trend:Unknown
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Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:

E. papilio inhabits moderately deep benthic environments (Palsson and Pietsch 1989). Larvae and juveniles are often collected in neuston and plankton nets, and midwater research trawls (Palsson and Pietsch 1989).


Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: None known.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The threats to this species are not known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

E. papilio may occur in a number of Hawaiian marine protected areas including Ahihi-kinau, Hanauma Bay, Manele-Huloppe and Waikiki (Wood 2007), but the presence of E. papilio in these protected areas is yet to be determined.  

Citation: Sorensen, M. & Vincent, A. 2010. Eurypegasus papilio. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T8408A12910195. . Downloaded on 03 December 2016.
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