Chaetodon flavocoronatus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Chaetodontidae

Scientific Name: Chaetodon flavocoronatus Myers, 1980
Common Name(s):
English Yellow-crowned Butterflyfish

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-10-06
Assessor(s): Pyle, R., Allen, G. & Myers, R.
Reviewer(s): Elfes, C., Polidoro, B., Livingstone, S. & Carpenter, K.E.

Although it has a relatively restricted range, there are no major threats and the population is unlikely to be declining. Listed as Least Concern.

Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to the western Pacific where it has only been recorded from Guam (USA) and the Northern Marianas Islands. It is possibly present at the Gilbert Islands (Kiribati) however this requires confirmation (R. Pyle pers. comm. 2009). It is found at depths from 35-80 m.
Countries occurrence:
Guam; Northern Mariana Islands
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – western central
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):80
Upper depth limit (metres):35
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Population [top]

Population:This species is not often sighted (largely because of its distribution in deeper waters) and is known only on the basis of a few museum specimens and underwater photographs. It is relatively uncommon to occasional with stable populations.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It has been recorded on coral reefs and rocky reefs from steep drop-offs and vertical walls where currents are strong, with abundant growth of gorgonians and black coral.

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is a potential target collected for the aquarium trade (G. R. Allen pers. comm. 2006). Animals entering the trade would command a high price due to the difficulties of collecting this species from its deepwater habitat.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species (G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006). Any collecting for the pet trade would likely be very limited.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There appear to be no species specific conservation measures in place. There are protected areas within the range of this species (e.g. in the Marianas Islands) but the presence of populations within these needs to be confirmed. Further general information is needed on the taxonomic status of several populations and ecology of this species.

Classifications [top]

9. Marine Neritic -> 9.2. Marine Neritic - Subtidal Rock and Rocky Reefs
suitability:Suitable  major importance:Yes
9. Marine Neritic -> 9.8. Marine Neritic - Coral Reef -> 9.8.3. Foreslope (Outer Reef Slope)
suitability:Suitable  major importance:Yes

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
  Occur in at least one PA:Unknown
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
1. Research -> 1.1. Taxonomy
1. Research -> 1.3. Life history & ecology

♦  Pets/display animals, horticulture
 National : ✓  International : ✓ 

Bibliography [top]

Hudson, E. and Mace, G. 1996. Marine fish and the IUCN red list of threatened animals. Report of the workshop held in collaboration with World Wildlife Federation and International Union for Conservation in Nature at the Zoological Society of London. IUCN, London, UK.

IUCN. 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2010.4). Available at: (Accessed: 27 October 2010).

Myers, R.F. 1980. Chaetodon flavocoronatus, a new species of butterfly fish (Chaetodontidae) from Guam. Micronesica 16(2): 297-303.

Myers, R.F. 1989. Micronesian Reef Fishes: A practical Guide to the identification of the Coral Reef Fishes of the Tropical Central and Western Pacific. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam.

Myers, R.F. 1999. Micronesian reef fishes: a comprehensive guide to the coral reef fishes of Micronesia. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam.

Citation: Pyle, R., Allen, G. & Myers, R. 2010. Chaetodon flavocoronatus. In: . The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T4360A10812688. . Downloaded on 26 September 2018.
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