|Scientific Name:||Scyllarides latus|
|Species Authority:||(Latreille, 1802)|
Pseudibacus veranyi Guérin Méneville, 1855
Scyllarus latus Latreille, 1802
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Data Deficient ver 3.1|
|Assessor(s):||Butler, M., MacDiarmid, A. & Cockcroft, A.|
|Reviewer(s):||Collen, B., Livingstone, S. & Richman, N.|
|Contributor(s):||Batchelor, A., De Silva, R., Dyer, E., Kasthala, G., Lutz, M.L., McGuinness, S., Milligan, H.T., Soulsby, A.-M. & Whitton, F.|
Scyllarides latus has been assessed as Data Deficient. This species has been subject to intense harvesting pressure throughout its range. In some areas, such as Italy and the Azores, attempts at recovery of stocks may be too late. A global management strategy needs to be implemented that focuses on protecting key habitat areas. Further data is needed on the population status of stocks at the present time before a more accurate assessment of conservation status can be made.
|Range Description:||This species is distributed throughout the Mediterranean except in the northern and
Native:Albania; Algeria; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Cape Verde; Cyprus; Egypt (Sinai); France (Corsica, France (mainland)); Gibraltar; Greece (East Aegean Is., Greece (mainland), Kriti); Israel; Italy (Italy (mainland), Sardegna, Sicilia); Lebanon; Libya; Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of; Malta; Mauritania; Monaco; Montenegro; Morocco; Palestinian Territory, Occupied; Portugal (Azores, Madeira, Portugal (mainland), Selvagens); Spain (Baleares, Canary Is., Spain (mainland), Spanish North African Territories); Syrian Arab Republic; Tunisia; Turkey (Turkey-in-Europe); Western Sahara
|FAO Marine Fishing Areas:||
Atlantic – eastern central; Atlantic – northeast; Mediterranean and Black Sea
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This species is the subject of intensive harvesting and as a result it has become rare along the European coast of the west Mediterranean and in its Atlantic Ocean range of distribution. It is still quite common in the eastern Mediterranean along the coasts of Israel, Cyprus and Turkey, the southern coast of Crete (Greece), and along the North African coast (Pessani and Mura 2007).
A reasonable population of the species has been discovered off the coast of Albania, probably due to the fact that the fishery here is not as well developed as in the rest of the Mediterranean (Pessani and Mura 2007).
|Habitat and Ecology:||
This nocturnal species forages at night and shelters during the day in lairs within rocks or in underwater caves (Lavalli et al. 2007). It typically dwells inshore on: rocky substrates, inhabiting shallow subtidal zones dominated by barrens, seaweeds, deeper subtidal zones dominated by reef animals, and sponge gardens. It is normally found in depths between 2 and 50 m; but has been recorded up to 400 m deep (Pessani and Mura 2007).
Gregarious in nature (Lavalli et al. 2007), this species eats bivalves and gastropods (Lavalli et al. 2007, Pessani and Mura 2007) and can reach total lengths of up to 45 cm; but is normally not more than 30 cm (Pessani and Mura 2007).
This species is thought to reproduce seasonally in the warmer months from June to August (Holthuis 1991, Hearn et al. 2007), and its fecundity ranges from 100,000-356,000 eggs per female (Sekiguchi et al. 2007). No juveniles of this species have ever been found and it has been speculated that these life-stages may inhabit deep sea habitats (Lavalli et al. 2007). Generation length is unknown.
|Use and Trade:||
This species is subject to intensive harvesting throughout most of its range due to its large size (Pessani and Mura 2007).
This species is taken mainly by hand (divers); but also with trammel nets, trawls, and lobster pots (Holthuis 1991, Spanier and Lavalli 2007). Holthuis (1991) reported that 2-3 tonnes of this species is taken annually in
|Major Threat(s):||The main threat facing this species is over-harvesting. Although still common in parts of its range, this species has been over-exploited in the Azores and Italy to the extent that these stocks may not be able to recover (Bianchini and Ragonese 2007).|
This species was declared a marine species in need of protection in the western Mediterranean (Spanier 1991 in Spanier and Lavalli 2007). It is subject to the 92/43/EEC (European Economic Community) Council Directive (1992) dealing with the preservation of natural and seminatural habitats, as well as wild flora and fauna (Habitats Directive; Annex V: Animal and plant species of Community interest); therefore exploitation may be subject to management measures (Pessani and Mura 2007). Harvesting in
A global management strategy for this species needs to be implemented in order to maintain stocks at sustainable levels. The rocky outcrops that are the preferable habitat for this species are limited in the southeastern
A decline in global captures of Scyllaridae has been documented, although information on specific species is lacking (Spanier and Lavalli 2007). Further research is necessary to determine the impact that global harvesting is having on specific species, and to clarify if the documented decline is due to reduced populations or simply reduced effort.
|Citation:||Butler, M., MacDiarmid, A. & Cockcroft, A. 2013. Scyllarides latus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 06 July 2015.|