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Centropyge argi

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII PERCIFORMES POMACANTHIDAE

Scientific Name: Centropyge argi
Species Authority: Woods & Kanazawa, 1951
Common Name/s:
English Cherubfish, Pygmy Angelfish, Cherub Pygmy Angelfish
Spanish Angelote pigmeo, Cachamita azul

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-10-08
Assessor/s: Pyle, R., Rocha, L.A. & Craig, M.T.
Reviewer/s: Elfes, C., Polidoro, B., Livingstone, S. & Carpenter, K.E.
Justification:
Although this species is collected for the aquarium trade it is not believed to have a significant impact on the population, the species is widely distributed and generally common throughout its range, therefore it is listed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species ranges from Bermuda, to Florida (USA), the Bahamas, and the southern Gulf of Mexico to northern South America. Found at depths of 5-80 m.
Countries:
Native:
Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Bermuda; Brazil; Cayman Islands; Colombia; Costa Rica; Cuba; Dominica; Dominican Republic; French Guiana; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Guatemala; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; Jamaica; Martinique; Mexico; Montserrat; Netherlands Antilles; Nicaragua; Panama; Puerto Rico; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos Islands; United States; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of; Virgin Islands, British; Virgin Islands, U.S.
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Native:
Atlantic – western central; Pacific – western central
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Population [top]

Population: This species is not common.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Associated with reef and rocky regions in warm waters. Prefers depths of 30 m or more, but can be found in moderate numbers in much shallower waters. Moderately secretive and territorial, but inquisitive. Feeds on algae and small benthic invertebrates (Burgess 2002).
Systems: Marine

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

There appear to be no species-specific conservation measures in place. This species is believed to be present within a number of marine protected areas.

Citation: Pyle, R., Rocha, L.A. & Craig, M.T. 2010. Centropyge argi. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 20 April 2014.
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