Actinopyga albonigra 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Echinodermata Holothuroidea Aspidochirotida Holothuriidae

Scientific Name: Actinopyga albonigra Cherbonnier & Féral, 1984

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2010-05-19
Assessor(s): Hamel, J.-F.
Reviewer(s): Polidoro, B., Carpenter, K.E., Harwell, H. & Knapp, L.
This species is relatively widespread, found in shallower waters and is harvested. However, more information is needed on this species distribution, population status, habitat, ecology and impact of harvest and other potential major threats. It is listed as Data Deficient.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs in the eastern Indian Ocean and western Pacific, including Indonesia and New Caledonia.
Countries occurrence:
Indonesia; Malaysia; New Caledonia
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – eastern; Pacific – western central
Additional data:
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Population [top]

Population:This species is rarely found at New Caledonia (Purcell et al. 2009).
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This is a shallow water species (Massin 1996).

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is used for the production of bêche-de-mer in the Western Central Pacific region (Kinch et al. 2008).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This shallow water species is harvested commercially for the production of bêche-de-mer (Kinch et al. 2008). However, the impact of the fishery on this species population is unknown.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no known conservation measure for this species, but its distribution directly overlaps with marine protected areas in Indonesia and New Caledonia.

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
5. Biological resource use -> 5.4. Fishing & harvesting aquatic resources -> 5.4.2. Intentional use: (large scale) [harvest]
♦ timing:Ongoing    
→ Stresses
  • 2. Species Stresses -> 2.1. Species mortality

1. Research -> 1.2. Population size, distribution & trends
1. Research -> 1.3. Life history & ecology

♦  Food - human
 International : ✓ 

Bibliography [top]

Hartati, S.T., Wahyuni, I.S. and Badri, U.N. 2005. Jenis-Jenis Teripang Di Indonesia: Sea Cucumber species of Indonesia. Research Institute for Marine Fisheries.

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

Kinch, J., Purcell, S., Uthicke, S. and Friedman, K. 2008. Population status, fisheries and trade of sea cucumbers in the Western Central Pacific. In: V. Toral-Granda and A. Lovatelli and M. Vasconcellos. (eds), Sea cucumbers. A global review of fisheries and trade. Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper. No. 516, pp. 7-55. FAO, Rome.

Massin, C. 1996. Holothurioidea of the Rumphius Biohistorical Expedition. Zoologische verhandelingen 307.

Purcell, S.W., Gossuin, H. and Agudo, N.N. 2009. Status and management of the sea cucumber fishery of la Grande Terre, New Caledonia. The WorldFish Center, Penang, Malaysia.

UNEP-WCMC. 2003. Species Database. Available at:

World Database of Protected Areas. 2010. Marine Protected Areas. Available at: (Accessed: 1 December).

Citation: Hamel, J.-F. 2013. Actinopyga albonigra. In: . The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T180390A1624768. . Downloaded on 25 June 2018.
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