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Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Assessed: 2010
Conservation Actions: Currently there is no specific action plan directed towards Ambassis dussumieri. Research on the population status, ecology and threats to the species is essential.
Taxonomic Notes: Ambassis gymnocephalus was originally described as Lutjanus gymnocephalus by Lacepède (1802) from Indo-Pacific region. This species is considered as 'nomen dubium' by Anderson and Heemstra (2003) because of the considerable taxonomic confusion and on the basis of the lack of diagnostic features. However, the species has been considered as valid by Day (1875), Talwar and Jhingran (1991), Jayaram (1999) and Eschmeyer (2010).
Range Description: Ambassis gymnocephalus is distributed in Indo-West Pacific (Day 1875, Talwar and Jhingran 1991, Jayaram 1999): Red Sea and South Africa (Whitfield and Paterson 2003), Kenya to the Philippines, India (Bhimachar and Venkataraman 1952, Venkataraman 1960, Tilak 1972), Sri Lanka (Vinobaba 2007) north to China (Randall and Lim 2000), Hong Kong (Nip and Wong 2010), Thiland (Shinnaka et al. 2007), Hainan (Nichols and Pope 1927), Borneo (Inger 1955) and Taiwan (Hung and Chiu 1991), south to northern Australia (Russell et al. 2003).
Countries - Native: Australia; China (Hainan); Hong Kong; India; Indonesia; Kenya; Madagascar; Malaysia; Philippines; South Africa; Sri Lanka; Taiwan, Province of China; Viet Nam
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Describes the likelihood of the species becoming extinct in the present day or in the near future. Population size is treated under Population Biology, and trends in population sizes are treated under Trends. However, this is the preferred element if an object includes all of these things and details about conservation listings.