Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Pomacanthidae

Scientific Name: Centropyge interruptus
Species Authority: (Tanaka, 1918)
Common Name(s):
English Japanese Angelfish
Angelichthys interruptus Tanaka, 1918

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-10-09
Assessor(s): Pyle, R., Myers, R. & Craig, M.T.
Reviewer(s): Elfes, C., Polidoro, B., Livingstone, S. & Carpenter, K.E.

Listed as Least Concern, as despite its relatively limited distribution, this species occurs in large and stable populations, there is very limited collection of specimens for the aquarium fish trade, no substantial habitat loss, and there are no apparent threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is widely distributed in the northwestern Pacific Ocean where it may be found from central and southern Japan to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (USA). In Japan it has been recorded along the southern coast extending from Tosa Bay (Shikoku) to Tokyo (Honshu), being particularly common at Izu Peninsula, and is found as far south as the Izu Islands and the Ogasawara (= Bonin) Islands. Within the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands it is known from Midway Atoll and Kure Atoll to as far south as Pearl and Hermes Atoll (G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006). Although Shen (1993) reports in from Taiwan, this requires confirmation. It can be found at depths of 15 to 60 m (Allen 1980, G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006).
Countries occurrence:
Japan (Ogasawara-shoto); United States (Hawaiian Is.); United States Minor Outlying Islands (Midway Is.)
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – eastern central; Pacific – northwest
Lower depth limit (metres): 60
Upper depth limit (metres): 15
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Population [top]


It is generally common with stable populations.

Current Population Trend: Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is generally associated with rocky shores and areas of moderate coral growth at the foreslope (G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006).
Systems: Marine

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is sometimes collected for the aquarium trade and appears to do well in captivity (Allen 1980, G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006). This species has been successfully bred and raised in captivity (Endoh 2007).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

There is no substantial habitat loss, there is limited collection for the marine aquarium fish trade, and there appear to be no major threats to this species overall.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

There appear to be no species-specific conservation measures in place. Populations in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

Citation: Pyle, R., Myers, R. & Craig, M.T. 2010. Centropyge interruptus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T165858A6150368. . Downloaded on 09 October 2015.
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