Centropyge multicolor 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Pomacanthidae

Scientific Name: Centropyge multicolor Randall & Wass, 1974
Common Name(s):
English Multicolor Angelfish, Multicolor Pygmy fish, Pearlback Angelfish

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 in view of its wide distribution, presumed large overall population, there is relatively limited collection for the aquarium fish trade, no substantial habitat loss, and in general no apparent major threats.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species has been recorded from numerous island groups throughout western and central Oceania. Records include Palau; the Caroline Islands (Federated States of Micronesia and Palau); Guam (USA); Republic of the Marshall Islands; the Gilbert Islands (Kiribati); Fiji; Tonga (Randall et al. 2003); the Cook Islands; and the Society Islands (French Polynesia). Vagrants have been recorded from the Hawaiian Islands and Johnston Atoll (Allen 1980, Pyle 2001, G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006). It is usually found between 20-90 m.
Countries occurrence:
American Samoa; Cook Islands; Fiji; French Polynesia (Society Is.); Guam; Kiribati (Gilbert Is.); Marshall Islands; Micronesia, Federated States of ; Nauru; Niue; Northern Mariana Islands; Palau; Samoa; Solomon Islands; Tokelau; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu; Wallis and Futuna
United States (Hawaiian Is.); United States Minor Outlying Islands (Johnston I., Wake Is. - Native)
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – eastern central; Pacific – western central
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):90
Upper depth limit (metres):20
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Population [top]


It is generally common with stable populations, for example it is common around the island of Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia.

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

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species can be found at steep outer reef slopes and drop-offs in deep water, usually among coral rubble or under ledges, between areas of rich coral growth (Pyle 2001, G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006). It typically forms harems of three to seven individuals.

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species has occasionally been exported through the aquarium trade.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

There is no substantial habitat loss in the range of this species, it is only occasionally collected for the marine aquarium fish trade, and there appear to be no major threats overall.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

There appear to be no species-specific conservation measures in place. It is present in a few marine protected areas.

Citation: Pyle, R., Myers, R. & Craig, M.T. 2010. Centropyge multicolor. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T165896A6159731. . Downloaded on 23 June 2018.
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