This reef-associated species occurs throughout UAE waters, but is currently relatively rare. According to anecdotal information on catch observations from about 30 years ago, it may have been more common previously. Fishing activity may have caused population declines in the past, but little data are available. Due to the lack of information on its population status in the UAE and potential major threat from fishing and possibly coral reef habitat decline, it is listed as Data Deficient in the UAE.
UAE National Red List Workshop
Affliation of assessor(s)/contributors/reviewers listed on assessment
Assessor affiliation specific
Criteria system specifics
IUCN v3.1 + Regional Guidelines v4.0
Criteria system used
IUCN. 2012. IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria: Version 3.1, Second edition. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK. iv + 32pp pp. And IUCN. 2012. Guidelines for Application of IUCN Red List Criteria at Regional and National Levels: Version 4.0. Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK: IUCN. iii + 41pp.
Endemic to region
Is an endemic?: Not_assigned
Threats listed in assessment
Fishing activity may cause declines in the UAE, but this is poorly understood. Its occurrence in the trap (gargoor) fishery as ghost fishing may also cause mortality in this species. Corals in the UAE and Arabian Gulf have severely declined due to the increasing frequency of mass bleaching events caused by rising water temperatures, which is a consequence of climate change, as well as pervasive coastal development (Riegl et al. 2018, Burt et al. 2019).