Chaetodon humeralis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Chaetodontidae

Scientific Name: Chaetodon humeralis Günther, 1860
Common Name(s):
English Threeband Butterflyfish, Three-banded Butterflyfish, Threebanded Butterflyfish, Threebanded Butterflyfish
French Papillon à trois bandes
Spanish Mariposa, Mariposa de tres bandas, Mariposa moneda, Mariposa muñeca, Muñeca

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-10-07
Assessor(s): Rocha, L.A., Pyle, R., Myers, R., Craig, M.T., Allen, G., Robertson, R., Lea, B., Rivera, F., Zapata, F., Barraza, E., Merlen, G. & Edgar, G.
Reviewer(s): Elfes, C., Polidoro, B., Livingstone, S. & Carpenter, K.E.
Chaetodon humeralis is a common species throughout its range and there are no known threats. It is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This eastern Pacific species ranges from Redondo Beach (Los Angeles, CA, USA) to the coast of Peru in the south. Populations are present around the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador), the Revillagigedo Islands (Mexico), Cocos Island (Costa Rica) and Malpelo Island (Colombia). It is known from depths of 2-55 m, usually from 3-12 m.
Countries occurrence:
Colombia; Costa Rica; Ecuador (Galápagos); El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama; Peru; United States (California)
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – eastern central; Pacific – southeast
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):55
Upper depth limit (metres):2
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Population [top]

Population:It is a common species in the shallow waters of its range (Allen 1980). It is common in rocky tide pools and on the shores of small islands nearer Panama City; it is rare in the mid-Peruvian coast (Burgess 1978). It is rare north of San Benitos Islands, Baja California, MX.

In the Galapagos Archipelago, this species had an overall mean density of 0.83 ind./500 m2 (Edgar et al. 2004). In a survey conducted at Gulf of Papagayo, Costa Rica, it had a mean density of 0.01+/-0.01 ind/m2 (Dominici-Arosemena et al. 2005). In Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica, this species had a density of 0.007+/-0.010 ind./m2, with a relative abundance of 0.118% (Figueroa 2001). Chaetodon humeralis is a common species at Los Islotes, Gulf of California, having an occurrence frequency between 10-30% (Aburto-Oropeza and Balart 2001).
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This rocky reef-associated species is usually observed in pairs or small groups in rocky areas near the shore (Allen 1985). In the Gulf of Chiriqui, Panamá this species can be found over all kinds of substrata (Dominici-Arosemena and Wolff 2006). According to Rubio (1986), at Gorgona Island, Colombia, this fish is occasional in intertidal pools, frequent over rocky and sandy substrate and abundant in coralline substrata. According to Cooke (1992), C. humeralis may be occasional in middle estuaries, mangroves and bar-formed lagoons along the Eastern Pacfic coast.

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is rarely collected for the pet trade.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

There appear to be no major threats to this species. Collection is limited and is not considered to be impacting the global population.

The population in the Galapagos Islands was apparently unaffected by the 1997/98 El Niño event.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no species specific conservation measures in place, however its range includes marine protected areas.

Citation: Rocha, L.A., Pyle, R., Myers, R., Craig, M.T., Allen, G., Robertson, R., Lea, B., Rivera, F., Zapata, F., Barraza, E., Merlen, G. & Edgar, G. 2010. Chaetodon humeralis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T165635A6075192. . Downloaded on 22 June 2018.
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