|Scientific Name:||Actinopyga lecanora|
|Species Authority:||(Jaeger, 1833)|
Muelleria lecanora Jaeger
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Data Deficient ver 3.1|
|Assessor/s:||Conand, C., Gamboa, R. & Purcell, S.|
|Reviewer/s:||Polidoro, B., Harwell, H., Carpenter, K.E. & Knapp, L.|
This species is widespread in the Indo-Pacific, and is considered rare or uncommon but may be more common in the eastern portion of its range. It is fished in at least the eastern portion of its range, but there is no information on the impact of fisheries on this species' population. This species is not well-known in fisheries reports from the Philippines or the Indian Ocean, which may be because it is nocturnal. Therefore it is listed as Data Deficient. More information is needed on the impact of fisheries on this species' population, as well as information on its biology and ecology.
|Range Description:||This species can be found in the Western Pacific Region (Kinch et al. 2008), East Africa and Central Indian Ocean region (Conand 2008), as well as in the Asian region although it is considered rare in some locations (i.e. Taiping Islands and Taiwan Province of China) (Choo 2008).|
Native:American Samoa (American Samoa); Cambodia; China; Djibouti; Fiji; Guam; Indonesia; Japan; Kenya; Madagascar; Malaysia; Mauritius; Mozambique; Myanmar; New Caledonia; Northern Mariana Islands; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Réunion; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Somalia; Taiwan, Province of China; Tanzania, United Republic of; Thailand; Tonga; Vanuatu; Viet Nam
|FAO Marine Fishing Areas:||
Indian Ocean – eastern; Indian Ocean – western; Pacific – northwest; Pacific – western central
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This species is not common and occurs in very low densities.
In the Philippines, annual exports increased from 250t in 1977 and 1189t in 1984 to 2123t in 1996 for 25 species including H. scabra, H. nobilis, B. marmorata, H. fuscogilva, H. atra and A. lecanora (Bruckner et al. 2003).
A 2009 study by Purcell et al. suggests that populations of Holothuria fuscogilva, Holothuria lessoni and Actinopyga lecanora in la Grande Terre, New Caledonia are too low to support further exploitation, and should be closed to fishing.
In Melanesia, population surveys conducted registered very low numbers of commercially important species of sea cucumbers, including A. lecanora (Kinch et al. 2008). In Papua New Guinea, population densities are low (Kinch et al. 2008).
Choo (2008) reports that A. lecanora is heavily fished in certain countries including those of Asia.
In Papua New Guinea, densities declined from 3 individuals per hectare in 1992 to 0.2 per hectare in 1996 (Kaly et al. 2007).
This species was found in 2006 from 3 to 42 individuals per hectare in the Solomon Islands (Pinca et al. 2009). In 2002-2009 in Fiji, this species was reported as 0 to 29 individuals during the day, and up to 50-67 individuals at night per hectare (Friedman et al. 2010).
|Habitat and Ecology:||This is a nocturnal species that prefers hard substrates between 0-20m (Kinch et al. 2008). The ecology of this species is poorly known, but it is common in shallow water. In the daytime, it is found under large stones, in gaps in reef slopes or in sheltered areas (Rasolofonirina pers. comm. 2010). In Kenya, this species is often found grazing on live and dead coral (Samyn 2000). However, nothing is known about the biology of this species.|
This species is fished commercially in parts of its distribution and is present in artisanal fisheries throughout its entire distribution. However, the effects of this activity on the population of this species are unknown. Although this is not one of the most important species (medium value) for fishery purposes, it can be expected that this species may become more popular after the depletion or reduction of other species of higher commercial importance and value.
|Conservation Actions:||In Papua New Guinea, Actinopyga lecanora has a minimum size limit of 15cm total length if fresh and 10cm total length if dry, a fishing season (between January 16th and September 30th), Total Allowable Catch restrictions, gear restrictions and permits for storage and export (Kinch et al. 2008). A. lecanora has a distribution that directly overlaps several marine protected areas throughout its extensive range. More information is needed on the impact of fisheries on this species population, as well as information on its biology and ecology.|
|Citation:||Conand, C., Gamboa, R. & Purcell, S. 2013. Actinopyga lecanora. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 16 April 2014.|
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