Actinopyga bacilla 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Echinodermata Holothuroidea Aspidochirotida Holothuriidae

Scientific Name: Actinopyga bacilla Cherbonnier, 1988

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2010-05-18
Assessor(s): Conand, C.
Reviewer(s): Polidoro, B., Carpenter, K.E., Harwell, H. & Knapp, L.
This species is endemic to Madagascar and Comoros, where it is only known from a few specimens.  Given its intertidal depth range, it may be susceptible to a number of anthropogenic threats. Therefore it is listed as Data Deficient.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is recorded from the waters of Madagascar and the Comoros Islands.
Countries occurrence:
Comoros; Madagascar; Mayotte
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – western
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):5
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Population [top]

Population:This species is only known from two specimens from Madagascar and a few from Comoros (Cherbonnier 1988).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:There is no information available on the habitat and ecology of this species.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no known major threats to this species and it is not commercially harvested. However, it is found in very shallow waters, and may be impacted by a number of anthropogenic threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no known conservation measures in place for this species, but its distribution directly overlaps with marine protected areas at Madagascar and Mohéli Marine Park in Comoros.  More research is needed on this species' life history, population size and abundance.

Classifications [top]

0. Root -> 18. Unknown

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
  Conservation sites identified:Yes, over part of range
  Occur in at least one PA:Yes
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
1. Research -> 1.2. Population size, distribution & trends
1. Research -> 1.3. Life history & ecology

Bibliography [top]

Cherbonnier, G. 1988. Echinodermes: Holothurides. Faune de Madagscar 70: 1-292.

IUCN. 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2013.1). Available at: (Accessed: 12 June 2013).

World Database of Protected Areas. 2010. Marine Protected Areas. Available at: (Accessed: 1 December).

Citation: Conand, C. 2013. Actinopyga bacilla. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T180241A1604717. . Downloaded on 26 September 2018.
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