Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Echinodermata Holothuroidea Aspidochirotida Synallactidae

Scientific Name: Bathyplotes gourdoni
Species Authority: (Vaney, 1914)
Synallactes gourdoni Vaney, 1914
Taxonomic Notes: There is one synonym for this species, B. rubipunctatus (Gutt 1991).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2010-05-18
Assessor(s): Hamel, J.-F.
Reviewer(s): Carpenter, K.E., Polidoro, B., Harwell, H. & Knapp, L.
This species is listed as Data Deficient because it is only known from a few records across Antarctica. Information on it is only available from taxonomic work.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is found throughout Antarctica (Gutt 1991).
Countries occurrence:
Antarctica; Bouvet Island; French Southern Territories; Heard Island and McDonald Islands; South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Atlantic – Antarctic; Indian Ocean – Antarctic; Pacific – Antarctic
Lower depth limit (metres):840
Upper depth limit (metres):225
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Population [top]

Population:This species is found from 225-840m in the Weddel Sea, Western Antarctica, and 304-341m in Prydz Bay, Eastern Antarctica.  It has also been found at 250m on the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula (O'Loughlin 2002).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:There is no habitat or ecological data available for this species, as it is only known from a few species collected from deep waters.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is not known if there are any threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no species specific conservation measures in place for this species, but there are several marine protected areas in Antarctica where it is found.

Classifications [top]

0. Root -> 18. Unknown

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
  Occur in at least one PA:Yes
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education

Bibliography [top]

Gutt, J. 1991. On the distribution and ecology of holothurians in the Weddell Sea (Antarctica). Polar Biology 11(3): 145-155.

IUCN. 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2013.1). Available at: (Accessed: 12 June 2013).

O'Loughlin, P.M. 2002. Report on selected species of BANZARE and ANARE Holothuroidea, with reviews of Meeres Ludwig and Heterocucumis Panning (Echinodermata). Memoirs of Museum Victoria 59(2): 297-325.

Citation: Hamel, J.-F. 2013. Bathyplotes gourdoni. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T180336A1616758. . Downloaded on 04 October 2015.
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