Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Actinopterygii > Order: Ophidiiformes > Family: Carapidae > Genus: Carapus > Species: Carapus acus

Pearl fish - Carapus acus (Brünnich, 1768)

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Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)

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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
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Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

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Legal status

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Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Aurin French Fishbase
Bishtholla Albanian Fishbase
Galiotto Italian Fishbase
Huta tal-hjar Maltese Fishbase
Karap europejski Polish Fishbase
Nadelfisch German Fishbase
Pearl fish English Fishbase
Rubioca Spanish Fishbase
Strmorinec Slovenian Fishbase
Synonym Author
Fierasfer imberbis (Cuvier, 1815)
Fierasfer acus (Brünnich, 1768)
Carapus imberbis (Cuvier, 1815)
Gymnotus acus Brünnich, 1768
Carapus variegatus (non Fowler & Steinitz, 1956)
Carapus birpex Arnold, 1956
Carapus cuspis Arnold, 1956
Notopterus fontanesii Risso, 1810
Ophidium imberbe Cuvier, 1815
Ophidium fierasfer Risso, 1827
Fierasfer fontanesii (Risso, 1810)
Diaphasia acus (Brünnich, 1768)
Vexillifer dephilippii Gasco, 1870
Encheliophis tenuis Putnam, 1874
Fierasfer maculata Swainson, 1839
Porobronchus linearis Kaup, 1860

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PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
WoRMS World Register of Marine Species

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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