Endangered Species Status Review Report for Orange Clownfish (Amphiprion percula)
The April 2016 report produced in response to a petition received from the Center for Biological Diversity on September 14, 2012
This report was produced in response to a petition received from the Center for Biological Diversity on September 14, 2012, to list eight species of pomacentrid reef fish as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to designate critical habitat for these species concurrent with the listing. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) evaluated the petition to determine whether the petitioner provided substantial information as required by the ESA to determine that listing these species may be warranted. On September 3, 2014, the NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office (PIRO) announced in the Federal Register that the petition presented substantial information that listing may be warranted for the orange clownfish (Amphiprion percula), and NMFS requested information on this species from the public (79 FR 52276). Subsequently, NMFS initiated a status review of this species, which we document in this report. This report summarizes the best available scientific and commercial information on the orange clownfish, and presents an evaluation of the species’ status and extinction risk.