Actinopyga fusca 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Echinodermata Holothuroidea Aspidochirotida Holothuriidae

Scientific Name: Actinopyga fusca
Species Authority: Cherbonnier, 1980

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2010-05-19
Assessor(s): Hamel, J.-F.
Reviewer(s): Polidoro, B., Harwell, H., Carpenter, K.E. & Knapp, L.
This species is only known from New Caledonia, and from the few specimens, is found in relatively shallow waters. There is very little known on this species distribution, population status, habitat, ecology, or impact of any potential major threats. It is listed as Data Deficient.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is recorded from New Caledonia, especially the island Maittre (Cherbonnier 1980).
Countries occurrence:
New Caledonia
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – western central
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Population [top]

Population: There is no available information on the population of this species.
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.
Systems: Marine

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species seems to be appropiate for the Indopacific sea cucumber fishery but there is no evidence of the use of it for this purpose. The possible use of this species should be researched.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is not known if there are any major threats to this species.

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 in New Caledonia including one at the island of Maittre where this species is most highly concentrated.  More research is needed on this species' population levels, habitat, ecology and its use in the fisheries industry.

Classifications [top]

0. Root -> 18. Unknown

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
  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. 1980. Holothuries de nouvelle-calédonie. Bulletin du muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris (2ième série) 3: 659-700.

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: Hamel, J.-F. 2013. Actinopyga fusca. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T180314A1613937. . Downloaded on 01 December 2015.
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