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Chaetodon mertensii

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII PERCIFORMES CHAETODONTIDAE

Scientific Name: Chaetodon mertensii
Species Authority: Cuvier, 1831
Common Name(s):
English Atoll Butterflyfish, Atoll Butterflyfish, Merten's Butterflyfish, Merten's Coralfish, Orangebar Butterflyfish
Synonym(s):
Chaetodon dixoni Regan, 1904
Chaetodon mertensi Cuvier, 1831

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-10-09
Assessor(s): Allen, G. & Myers, R.
Reviewer(s): Elfes, C., Polidoro, B., Livingstone, S. & Carpenter, K.E.
Justification:
This species is relatively widespread and generally common. There are no major threats to this species. It is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs throughout western and southern Pacific from Vietnam and the Philippines to Easter Island, north to the Ryukyu and Ogasawara Islands (in Japan), and south to central New South Wales, Lord Howe Island and Rapa. It is absent from Indonesia apart from Halmahera to northern Papua. It has been recorded from 10-120 m.
Countries:
Native:
American Samoa (American Samoa); Australia; Chile (Easter Is.); Cook Islands; Fiji; French Polynesia; Guam; Indonesia; Japan; Marshall Islands; Micronesia, Federated States of ; New Caledonia; Niue; Norfolk Island; Northern Mariana Islands; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Pitcairn; Samoa; Solomon Islands; Sri Lanka; Taiwan, Province of China; Tokelau; Tonga; United States Minor Outlying Islands (US Line Is.); Vanuatu; Viet Nam; Wallis and Futuna
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Native:
Pacific – eastern central; Pacific – northwest; Pacific – southeast; Pacific – southwest; Pacific – western central
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Population [top]

Population: It is generally common. There is no data on population trends for this species, but no reason to suspect that it is declining (or increasing).
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is associated with rocky or coral-covered reefs of lagoons and outer slopes. It is frequently seen adjacent to steep slopes and drop-offs (Steene 1978, G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006). It is usually found as pairs or solitary animals (Steene 1978, Pyle 2001). It has an omnivorous diet (Pyle 2001).
Systems: Marine

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is frequently exported through the aquarium trade (Pyle 2001).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species. Collection is limited and not considered to be affecting the global population.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There appear to be no species-specific conservation measures in place. It is likely that this species occurs within marine protected areas.

Bibliography [top]

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De la Paz, R.M., Aragones, N. and Agulto, D. 1988. Coral-reef fishes off western Calatagan, Batangas (Luzon Island, Philippines) with notes on new and rare captures and controversial taxa. Philippinnes Journal Science 117: 237-318.

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Harborne, A.R., Gill, A.B., Raines, P.S. and Ridley, J.M. 1996. Danjugan Island marine reserve. Summary report to the Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation.

Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. and Allen, G.R. 2006. Fishes. In: P.L. Beesley and A. Wells (eds), Zoological Catalogue of Australia, pp. 2178. Australian Biological Resources Study and Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia.

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Kulbicki, M. and Williams, J.T. 1997. Checklist of the shorefishes of Ouvea Atoll, New Caledonia. Atoll Research Bulletin 444: 26.

Kulbicki, M., Randall, J.E. and Rivaton, J. 1994. Checklist of the fishes of the Chesterfield Islands (Coral Sea). Micronesica 27(1/2): 1-43.

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Randall, J.E., Ida, H., Kato, K., Pyle, R.L. and Earle, J.L. 1997. Annotated checklist of inshore fishes of the Ogasawara Islands. National Science Museum Monographs, Tokyo, Japan.

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Steene, R.C. 1978. Butterfly and angelfishes of the world. A.H. and A.W. Reed Pty Ltd., Australia.

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Thresher, R.E. and Colin, P.L. 1986. Trophic structure, diversity and abundance of fishes of the deep reef (30-300 m) at Enewetak, Marshall Islands. Bulletin of Marine Science 38(1): 253-272.

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Citation: Allen, G. & Myers, R. 2010. Chaetodon mertensii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 30 July 2014.
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