|Scientific Name:||Chaetodon mesoleucos|
|Species Authority:||Forsskål, 1775|
Chaetodon hadjan Bloch & Schneider, 1801
Chaetodon mesoleucor Forsskål, 1775
Chaetodon mesoleucus Forsskål, 1775
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||Myers, R. & Pratchett, M.|
|Reviewer(s):||Elfes, C., Polidoro, B., Livingstone, S. & Carpenter, K.E.|
This species has a relatively restricted range and is uncommon. Little is known about the biology of this species, but there do not appear to be any major threats. It is listed as Least Concern.
|Range Description:||This species occurs in the central Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, and Socotra (Allen 1980, G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006). It has been recorded to depths of 1-25 m (Allen 1980).|
Native:Djibouti; Egypt; Eritrea; Israel; Saudi Arabia; Somalia; Sudan; Yemen
|FAO Marine Fishing Areas:||
Indian Ocean – western
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|Population:||This species is uncommon. Population trends are unknown.|
|Habitat and Ecology:||This species is generally associated with rocky and coral reef habitats (Allen 1980, G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006). The biology of this species is unknown, but given it is successfully kept in aquaria it probably is not reliant on live coral.|
|Use and Trade:||This species is occasionally collected for the aquarium trade (Allen 1980, G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006).|
There appear to be no major threats to this species. Collection is limited and is not considered to be impacting the global population.
|Conservation Actions:||There appear to be no species-specific conservation measures in place. This species is present within marine protected areas. Research is required to establish the dietary requirements, general biology, and habitat use of this species.|
Allen, G.R. 1980. Butterfly and angelfishes of the world. Wiley, New York.
Bouhlel, M. 1988. Poissons de Djibouti. Dubai Printing Press, Dubai.
Burgess, W.E. 1978. Butterflyfishes of the world. A monograph of the Family Chaetodontidae. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, New Jersey.
IUCN. 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2010.4). Available at: http://www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 27 October 2010).
Randall, J.E. 1986. Red Sea reef fishes. Immel Publishing, London.
Righton, D., Kemp, J. and Ormond, R. 1996. Biogeography, community structure and diversity of Red Sea and western Indian Ocean butterflyfishes. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 76(1): 223-228.
|Citation:||Myers, R. & Pratchett, M. 2010. Chaetodon mesoleucos. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 30 September 2014.|
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