A small population, restricted distribution and vulnerable life cycle are key. Its decline has been attributed to a number of factors including Northern Pacific Seastar, habitat modification and heavy metal contamination. There are a number of reasons the handfish is listed as endangered. A fascinating resource about the Critically Endangered Spotted Handfish which explores marine habitats, conservation, threats and life cycles, published by the CSIRO. In more recent times, introduced North Pacific … The ‘cool’ spotted handfish: adult and juvenile. The decline of Spotted handfish in the … In this educational story, readers follow a cute little Handfish … The only sad story you need to tell this spotted handfish is that its close relative is now extinct. Critically endangered spotted handfish live in the Derwent River Estuary near Hobart, Tasmania, and are threatened by warming waters and pollution. It is classified as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List 2020 (last assessed … Its relative, the smooth handfish, … The spotted handfish (Brachionichthys hirsutus) is a rare Australian fish in the handfish family Brachionichthyidae. Threats. “As they lack a larval stage, they are unable to disperse to new locations—and consequently, handfish populations are very localized and vulnerable to threats.” In 1996, he adds, another species called the spotted handfish … Rick Stuart-Smith Dr Jemina Stuart-Smith of the University of Tasmania is an expert on handfish. Now restricted to a small marine area off Tasmania, the handfish has faced a series of compounding threats… The Spotted Handfish is currently listed as Critically Endangered under the Commonwealth and as Endangered in Tasmania. via pollution or increases in urchins which remove the seaweed that Red and Ziebell's handfish … Only two spotted hand fish … Handfish face a number of threats - including introduced predators such as Northern Pacific Seastars, pollution, siltation, historical commercial dredge fisheries (at least for Spotted handfish), boat moorings, coastal development, and habitat decline (e.g. The greatest threats to the handfish … The spotted handfish is listed as critically endangered. The Spotted Handfish is famous for two reasons: walking on its ‘hands’ (pectoral fins), and for being the one of the first marine fish in the world to be recognised as critically endangered. Threats The decline of spotted handfish populations may have started as a result of incidental capture from historic near-shore dredge fisheries for scallops. Specific threats to Spotted handfish include habitat degradation, such as pollution, urban and industrial development, heavy metals, and historical scallop dredging. Photo by: Mark Green – CSIRO.