Chaetodon humeralis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Chaetodontidae

Scientific Name: Chaetodon humeralis Günther, 1860
Common Name(s):
English Threeband Butterflyfish, Three-banded Butterflyfish, Threebanded Butterflyfish, Threebanded Butterflyfish
French Papillon à trois bandes
Spanish Mariposa, Mariposa de tres bandas, Mariposa moneda, Mariposa muñeca, Muñeca

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-10-07
Assessor(s): Rocha, L.A., Pyle, R., Myers, R., Craig, M.T., Allen, G., Robertson, R., Lea, B., Rivera, F., Zapata, F., Barraza, E., Merlen, G. & Edgar, G.
Reviewer(s): Elfes, C., Polidoro, B., Livingstone, S. & Carpenter, K.E.
Chaetodon humeralis is a common species throughout its range and there are no known threats. It is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This eastern Pacific species ranges from Redondo Beach (Los Angeles, CA, USA) to the coast of Peru in the south. Populations are present around the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador), the Revillagigedo Islands (Mexico), Cocos Island (Costa Rica) and Malpelo Island (Colombia). It is known from depths of 2-55 m, usually from 3-12 m.
Countries occurrence:
Colombia; Costa Rica; Ecuador (Galápagos); El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama; Peru; United States (California)
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – eastern central; Pacific – southeast
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):55
Upper depth limit (metres):2
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Population [top]

Population:It is a common species in the shallow waters of its range (Allen 1980). It is common in rocky tide pools and on the shores of small islands nearer Panama City; it is rare in the mid-Peruvian coast (Burgess 1978). It is rare north of San Benitos Islands, Baja California, MX.

In the Galapagos Archipelago, this species had an overall mean density of 0.83 ind./500 m2 (Edgar et al. 2004). In a survey conducted at Gulf of Papagayo, Costa Rica, it had a mean density of 0.01+/-0.01 ind/m2 (Dominici-Arosemena et al. 2005). In Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica, this species had a density of 0.007+/-0.010 ind./m2, with a relative abundance of 0.118% (Figueroa 2001). Chaetodon humeralis is a common species at Los Islotes, Gulf of California, having an occurrence frequency between 10-30% (Aburto-Oropeza and Balart 2001).
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This rocky reef-associated species is usually observed in pairs or small groups in rocky areas near the shore (Allen 1985). In the Gulf of Chiriqui, Panamá this species can be found over all kinds of substrata (Dominici-Arosemena and Wolff 2006). According to Rubio (1986), at Gorgona Island, Colombia, this fish is occasional in intertidal pools, frequent over rocky and sandy substrate and abundant in coralline substrata. According to Cooke (1992), C. humeralis may be occasional in middle estuaries, mangroves and bar-formed lagoons along the Eastern Pacfic coast.

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is rarely collected for the pet trade.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

There appear to be no major threats to this species. Collection is limited and is not considered to be impacting the global population.

The population in the Galapagos Islands was apparently unaffected by the 1997/98 El Niño event.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no species specific conservation measures in place, however its range includes marine protected areas.

Classifications [top]

9. Marine Neritic -> 9.2. Marine Neritic - Subtidal Rock and Rocky Reefs
suitability:Suitable  major importance:Yes
9. Marine Neritic -> 9.4. Marine Neritic - Subtidal Sandy
suitability:Suitable  major importance:Yes
9. Marine Neritic -> 9.10. Marine Neritic - Estuaries
suitability:Suitable  major importance:Yes
12. Marine Intertidal -> 12.6. Marine Intertidal - Tidepools
suitability:Suitable  major importance:Yes

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
  Occur in at least one PA:Yes
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
5. Biological resource use -> 5.4. Fishing & harvesting aquatic resources -> 5.4.1. Intentional use: (subsistence/small scale) [harvest]
♦ timing:Ongoing ♦ scope:Minority (<50%) ♦ severity:No decline ⇒ Impact score:Low Impact: 4 
→ Stresses
  • 2. Species Stresses -> 2.1. Species mortality

♦  Pets/display animals, horticulture
 Local : ✓ 

Bibliography [top]

Aburto-Oropeza, O. and Balart, E.F. 2001. Community structure of reef fish in several habitats of a rocky reef in the Gulf of California. Marine Ecology 22(4): 283-305.

Allen, G.R. 1980. Butterfly and angelfishes of the world. Wiley, New York.

Allen, G.R. 1985. Butterfly and angelfishes of the world. Mergus Publishers, Melle.

Burgess, W.E. 1978. Butterflyfishes of the world. A monograph of the Family Chaetodontidae. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, New Jersey.

Cooke, R. 1992. Prehistoric nearshore and littoral fishing in the eastern tropical pacific: an icthyological evaluation. Journal of World Prehistory 6(1): 1-49.

Dominici-Arosemena, A. and Wolff, M. 2006. Reef fish community structure in the Tropical Eastern Pacific (Panamá): living on a relatively stable rocky reef environment. Helgoland Marine Research 60: 287-305.

Dominici-Arosemena, A., Brugnoli-Olivera, E., Cortés Núñez, J., Molina-Urena, H. and Quesada-Alpizar, M. 2005. Community structure of eastern Pacific reef fishes (Gulf of Papagayo, Costa Rica). Tecnociencia 7(2): 19-41.

Edgar, G.J., Banks, S., Fariña, J.M., Calvopiña, M. and Martínez, C. 2004. Regional biogeography of shallow reef fish and macro‐invertebrate communities in the Galapagos archipelago. Journal of Biogeography 31(7): 1107-1124.

Figueroa, R.R. 2001. Caracterización de la ictiofauna de los sustratos duros de la parte interna del Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica. Universidad de Costa Rica.

Fischer, W., Krupp, F., Schneider, W., Sommer, C., Carpenter, K.E. and Niem, V.H. 1995. Guía FAO para la identificación para los fines de la pesca. Pacifico centro-oriental. Volumen II. Vertebrados - Parte 1. Guía Pesca Pacifico Centro Oriental: 647–1200.

Grove, J.S. and Lavenberg, R.J. 1997. The fishes of the Galápagos Islands. Stanford University Press, Stanford, USA.

IUCN. 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2010.4). Available at: (Accessed: 27 October 2010).

Rubio, E.A. 1986. Notas sobre la ictiofauna de la Isla Gorgona, Pacífico colombiano. Boletín Ecotrópica 13: 86-112.

Citation: Rocha, L.A., Pyle, R., Myers, R., Craig, M.T., Allen, G., Robertson, R., Lea, B., Rivera, F., Zapata, F., Barraza, E., Merlen, G. & Edgar, G. 2010. Chaetodon humeralis. In: . The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T165635A6075192. . Downloaded on 24 June 2018.
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