Chaetodontoplus caeruleopunctatus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Pomacanthidae

Scientific Name: Chaetodontoplus caeruleopunctatus Yasuda & Tominaga, 1976
Common Name(s):
English Bluespotted Angelfish, Blue-spotted Angelfish

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-10-08
Assessor(s): Allen, G.
Reviewer(s): Elfes, C., Polidoro, B., Livingstone, S. & Carpenter, K.E.

This species is endemic to the Philippines. It is a rare species known only from one specimen caught off Cebu Island in 1972. Very little is known about the ecology of this species, and whether or not populations are stable. There is no other record of the species despite increased fishing activities in the aquarium trade in its locality in recent years. More research is needed with regard to this species' distribution, abundance, and potential threats. It is not known whether it occurs in marine protected areas. It is listed as Data Deficient. The type locality should be revisited to validate and improve information on the population, habitat and ecology of the species. Conservation actions for the species should include habitat management and/or protection, and catch monitoring and regulation, if taken in fisheries and the aquarium trade.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is known only from Cebu, central Visayas.
Countries occurrence:
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – western central
Additional data:
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:Chaetodontoplus caeruleopunctatus is known only from the type specimen collected by an aquarium fisherman in Cebu in 1972 (Yasuda and Tominaga 1976, Anonymous 1999). There is no population trend information available for this species.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is reef-associated (Lieske and Myers 1994) and feeds on sponges and tunicates. Maximum size from collected specimens is 14.0 cm (TL) (Allen 1985).

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is collected for the aquarium trade but is rarely exported (Pyle 2001).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Possible threats to this species may come from habitat destruction associated with cyanide and/or blast fishing. It is exported, although rarely, through the aquarium trade (Pyle 2001).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

There are no species-specific conservation measures in place for this species, although it may be found in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). More information on population, habitat and ecology are needed. Catches need to be monitored in the aquarium trade.

Classifications [top]

9. Marine Neritic -> 9.2. Marine Neritic - Subtidal Rock and Rocky Reefs
2. Land/water management -> 2.1. Site/area management
3. Species management -> 3.1. Species management -> 3.1.1. Harvest management

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
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:Unknown ♦ severity:Unknown ⇒ Impact score:Unknown 
→ Stresses
  • 2. Species Stresses -> 2.1. Species mortality

1. Research -> 1.2. Population size, distribution & trends
1. Research -> 1.3. Life history & ecology
3. Monitoring -> 3.2. Harvest level trends

♦  Pets/display animals, horticulture
 International : ✓ 

Bibliography [top]

Allen, G.R. 1980. Butterfly and Angelfishes of the World. John Wiley & Sons, New York.

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

Allen, G.R., Steene, R. and Allen, M. 1998. A guide to angelfishes and butterflyfishes. Odyssey Publishing/Tropical Reef Research, Perth.

Anonymous. 1999. Fish collection database of the Natural History Museum, London (formerly British Museum of Natural History (BMNH)).

Hardy Jr., J.D. 2003. Coral reef fish species. National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) Coral Reef Data and Information Management System. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Oceanographic Data Center.

Hodgson, G. 1999. A Global Assessment of Human Effects on Coral Reefs. Marine Pollution Bulletin 38(5): 345-355.

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

Lieske, E. and Myers, R. 1994. Coral reef fishes: Indo-Pacific and Caribbean including the Red Sea. Harper Collins Publishers, London.

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.

Robins, C.R., Bailey, R.M., Bond, C.E., Brooker, J.R., Lachner, E.A., Lea, R.N. and Scott, W.B. 1991. Common and scientific names of fishes from the United States and Canada. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda.

Yasuda, F. and Tominaga, Y. 1976. A new pomacanthid fish, Chaetodontoplus caeruleopunctatus, from the Philippines. Japanese Journal of Ichthyology 23(3): 130-132.

Citation: Allen, G. 2010. Chaetodontoplus caeruleopunctatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T165894A6159417. . Downloaded on 17 July 2018.
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