|Scientific Name:||Chaetodontoplus meredithi|
|Species Authority:||Kuiter, 1990|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|Assessor/s:||Pyle, R., Myers, R. & Rocha, L.A.|
|Reviewer/s:||Elfes, C., Polidoro, B., Livingstone, S. & Carpenter, K.E.|
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution, large overall population, collection for the aquarium fish trade is not globally impacting the population, and there are no other potential major threats.
|Range Description:||This western Pacific species is distributed along the eastern coast of Australia (from Queensland [rare on the Great Barrier Reef] to New South Wales) southward to Lord Howe Island (Australia) (Pyle 2001, G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006). It is found at depths of 10 to 50 m. Adults are usually found deeper than 30 m, but juveniles are often seen shallower on the protected inner reefs and around jetties (G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006).|
|FAO Marine Fishing Areas:||
Pacific – southwest; Pacific – western central
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It is generally common with stable populations.
|Habitat and Ecology:||This species is associated with coastal reefs and lagoons on open flat bottoms with rock and coral patches, frequently with sponge and seawhip growth (Pyle 2001, G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006). It feeds on sponges and tunicates, and may be found as solitary individuals, pairs, or small groups (Pyle 2001).|
There appear to be no major threats to this species. Collecting is limited and is not considered to be impacting the global population. There does not seem to be substantial habitat loss within the species range.
There appear to be no species-specific conservation measures in place (G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006). It is present in the Lord Howe Island Marine Park (Commonwealth Waters) and is presumably present in several marine protected areas along the eastern Australian coast.
Allen, G.R., Steene, R. and Allen, M. 1998. A guide to angelfishes and butterflyfishes. Odyssey Publishing/Tropical Reef Research.
Endoh, K. 2007. Angelfishes of the World. Two Little Fishies, Inc., Miami Gardens, Florida.
Francis, M.P. 1993. Checklist of the coastal fishes of Lord Howe, Norfolk, and Kermadec Islands, Southwest Pacific Ocean. Pacific Scientific 47(2): 136-170.
IUCN. 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2010.4). Available at: http://www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 27 October 2010).
Pyle, R. 2001. Pomacanthidae: Angelfishes. In: K.E. Carpenter and V.H. Niem (eds), FAO species identification guide for fishery purposes. The living marine resources of the Western Central Pacific. Bony fishes part 3 (Menidae to Pomacentridae), pp. 3266-3286. FAO, Rome, Italy.
Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. and Steene, R.C. 1990. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii.
|Citation:||Pyle, R., Myers, R. & Rocha, L.A. 2010. Chaetodontoplus meredithi. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 13 December 2013.|
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