Chaetodontoplus niger 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Pomacanthidae

Scientific Name: Chaetodontoplus niger Chan, 1966

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.
Reviewer(s): Elfes, C., Polidoro, B., Livingstone, S. & Carpenter, K.E.
Listed as Least Concern, as although the species has a somewhat limited range, there is no collection for the aquarium trade, it is a deepwater species with no habitat degradation expected, and consequently there appear to be no major threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This little-known western Pacific species has been collected from Macclesfield Bank (a disputed territory close to the Paracel Islands), about midway between Viet Nam and the Philippines in the middle of the South China Sea, and from Wakayama and Kochi prefectures, southern Honshu (Japan) and the Ryukyu Islands (Japan). It likely occurs in between known localities where there is suitable deepwater habitat available. It has been reported from depths of around 20-80 m, but is believed to primarily inhabit depths in excess of 60 m.
Countries occurrence:
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – northwest
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):80
Upper depth limit (metres):20
Range Map:Click here to open the map viewer and explore range.

Population [top]

Population:The population abundance and status of this species is not well known, although it appears to be relatively rare (G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The natural history of this species is not well-known. It occurs on rock and coral bottoms (G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006). Only juveniles are observed near coasts (Endoh 2007).

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species has not been collected for the aquarium trade, but is potentially of interest. Individuals entering the trade would command a high price due to the difficulties of collecting this species from its deepwater habitat.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

While it is poorly-known there appear to be no major threats to this species overall. There is no substantial habitat loss within its range, and any collection for the marine aquarium fish trade is unlikely to impact the global population.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

There appear to be no species-specific conservation measures in place. It is not known if the species is present within any protected areas. Further studies into the distribution, natural history, and possible threats to this little-known species are needed.

Classifications [top]

9. Marine Neritic -> 9.2. Marine Neritic - Subtidal Rock and Rocky Reefs
suitability:Suitable  major importance:Yes
9. Marine Neritic -> 9.8. Marine Neritic - Coral Reef -> 9.8.3. Foreslope (Outer Reef Slope)
suitability:Suitable  major importance:Yes

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
  Occur in at least one PA:Unknown
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
1. Research -> 1.2. Population size, distribution & trends
1. Research -> 1.3. Life history & ecology
1. Research -> 1.5. Threats

♦  Pets/display animals, horticulture
 National : ✓  International : ✓ 

Bibliography [top]

Allen, G.R., Steene, R. and Allen, M. 1998. A guide to angelfishes and butterflyfishes. Odyssey Publishing/Tropical Reef Research.

Endoh, K. 2007. Angelfishes of the World. Two Little Fishies, Inc., Miami Gardens, Florida.

IUCN. 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2010.4). Available at: (Accessed: 27 October 2010).

Nakabo, T. 2002. Fishes of Japan with pictorial keys to the species, English edition II. Tokai University Press, Tokyo.

Citation: Pyle, R. & Myers, R. 2010. Chaetodontoplus niger. In: . The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T165892A6159058. . Downloaded on 19 June 2018.
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