Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Serranidae

Scientific Name: Plectranthias pallidus
Species Authority: Randall & Hoese, 1995

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-02-04
Assessor(s): Sadovy, Y.J.
Reviewer(s): Collen, B., Richman, N., Beresford, A., Chenery, A. & Ram, M.
Contributor(s): De Silva, R., Milligan, H., Lutz, M., Batchelor, A., Jopling, B., Kemp, K., Lewis, S., Lintott, P., Sears, J., Wilson, P. & Smith, J. and Livingston, F.
Plectranthias pallidus has been assessed as Data Deficient as this species is only known from a single specimen. Further research on its ecology, distribution, population numbers, and potential threats is needed, before a more accurate assessment of its conservation status can be made.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Plectranthias pallidus is only known from a single specimen found off Townsville, Queensland.
Countries occurrence:
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – western central
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Population [top]

Population: There is no population information available for Plectranthias pallidus, as it is only known from a single specimen.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Plectranthias pallidus is a demersal, deep-water species, closely related to the Indonesian Plectranthias wheeleri. It has been collected at a depth of 220 m.
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is not known if Plectranthias pallidus is being impacted by any major threat processes.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no species-specific conservation measures in place for Plectranthias pallidus. Further research on its ecology, distribution, population numbers, and potential threats is needed.

Classifications [top]

9. Marine Neritic -> 9.1. Marine Neritic - Pelagic
suitability: Suitable  
10. Marine Oceanic -> 10.1. Marine Oceanic - Epipelagic (0-200m)
suitability: Marginal  

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
1. Research -> 1.2. Population size, distribution & trends
1. Research -> 1.3. Life history & ecology
1. Research -> 1.5. Threats

Bibliography [top]

Froese, R. and Pauly, D. 2006. FishBase. Available at:

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

Randall, J.E. 1996. Two new anthiine fishes of the genus Plectranthias (Perciformes: Serranidae), with a key to the species. Micronesica 29(2): 113-131.

Randall, J.E. and Hoese, D.F. 1995. Three new species of Australian fishes of the genus Plectranthias (Perciformes: Serranidae: Anthiinae). Records of the Australian Museum 47: 327-335.

Wu, H.L., Shao, K.T. and Lai, C.F. 1999. Latin-Chinese dictionary of fishes names. The Sueichan Press, Taiwan.

Citation: Sadovy, Y.J. 2010. Plectranthias pallidus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T154994A4685481. . Downloaded on 10 October 2015.
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