|Scientific Name:||Albula koreana|
|Species Authority:||Kwun & Kim, 2011|
|Taxonomic Notes:||The nomenclature of the bonefish family Albulidae is currently in a state of revision. Until recently, bonefish were considered to be comprised of two species, the circumglobal Albula vulpes and the western Atlantic and eastern Pacific Albula nemoptera; however, new molecular genetic information indicates that there are at least eight morphologically indistinguishable, but genetically distinct species (Colborn et al. 2001). Wallace and Tringali (2010) have recently found nine distinct species. This species is newly described, based on five specimens collected from Korea and Taiwan. Its new scientific name, Albula koreana, is derived from its type locality, Korea (Kwun and Kim 2011).|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Data Deficient ver 3.1|
|Assessor/s:||Adams, A., Guindon, K., Horodysky, A., MacDonald, T., McBride, R., Shenker, J. & Ward, R.|
|Reviewer/s:||Harwell, H. & Raynal, M.|
Albula koreana is a newly described species of bonefish that occurs around the southeast coast of Korea (Busan) and the northern coast of Taiwan (Wanli). It is known from five specimens; little is known regarding life history, population status, adult ecology, or fisheries interactions. Fishing and habitat loss and degradation may pose the most significant threats to this species. Therefore, it is listed as Data Deficient.
|Range Description:||Albula koreana occurs around the southeast coast of Korea (Busan) and the northern coast of Taiwan (Wanli) (Kwun and Kim 2011).|
Native:Japan; Korea, Democratic People's Republic of; Taiwan, Province of China
|FAO Marine Fishing Areas:||
Pacific – northwest
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|Population:||This species is known from only five specimens (Kwun and Kim 2011); little additional information regarding its population status is available.|
|Habitat and Ecology:||The maximum size recorded for this species is 35 cm (SL) (Kwun and Kim 2011). Additional information on the habitat and ecology of this species is absent.|
|Major Threat(s):||Bonefishes are targeted by commercial, recreational, and subsistence fishers throughout the northwest Pacific; however, the contribution of this newly described species to the fishery is unknown. Fishing and habitat loss and degradation may pose the most significant threats to this species.|
|Conservation Actions:||There are no species-specific conservation actions in place.|
Colborn, J., Crabtree, R.E., Shakee, J.B., Pfeiler, E. and Bowen, B.W. 2001. The evolutionary enigma of bonefishes (Albula spp.): crytic species and ancient separations in a globally-distributed shorefish. Evolution 55: 807-820.
IUCN. 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2012.2). Available at: http://www.iucnredlist.org. (Accessed: 17 October 2012).
Kwun, H.J. and Kim, J.K. 2011. A new species of bonefish, Albula koreana (Albuliformes: Albulidae) from Korea and Taiwan. Zootaxa 2903: 57-63.
Wallace, E.M. and Tringali, M.D. 2010. Identification of a novel member in the family Albulidae (bonefishes). Journal of Fish Biology 76: 1972-1983.
|Citation:||Adams, A., Guindon, K., Horodysky, A., MacDonald, T., McBride, R., Shenker, J. & Ward, R. 2012. Albula koreana. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 19 April 2014.|
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