Chaetodon litus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Chaetodon litus
Species Authority: Randall & Caldwell, 1973
Common Name(s):
English Easter Island Butterflyfish, White-tip Butterflyfish

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-10-07
Assessor(s): Pyle, R. & Craig, M.T.
Reviewer(s): Elfes, C., Polidoro, B., Livingstone, S. & Carpenter, K.E.
Despite its relatively limited distribution, this species occurs in large populations, and there are no apparent threats. It is listed as Least Concern.
1996 Vulnerable

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the seas surrounding Easter Island (= Rapa Nui) in the southeastern Pacific Ocean (Allen 1980, G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006). It has been observed from 1-25 m in depth.
Chile (Easter Is.)
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – southeast
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Population [top]

Population: It is generally common with stable populations.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is associated with rocky reefs composed of volcanic boulders with a prolific growth of brown algae (Allen 1980). Juveniles have been collected from shallow tide pools with some coral growth (Allen 1980, G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006).
Systems: Marine

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is sometimes collected for the aquarium trade (G.R. Allen pers. comm. 2006).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

There appear to be no major threats to this species. Collection is limited and is not considered to be impacting the population.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions:

There appear to be no species-specific conservation measures in place. It is not known to occur in any protected areas.

Citation: Pyle, R. & Craig, M.T. 2010. Chaetodon litus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 28 August 2015.
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