[Coral-List] Search for lost species - corals

David Obura dobura at cordioea.net
Mon Aug 22 06:48:57 EDT 2016

Dear listers,
I’m forwarding this request that came from Lindsay Renick Mayer of Global Wildlife Conservation to the IUCN Coral Specialist Group - if you have any suggestion, please contact Lindsay directly (and to obtain the spreadsheet).
many thanks,

On Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 11:40 pm, Lindsay Renick Mayer < lrenickmayer at globalwildlife.org [lrenickmayer at globalwildlife.org] > wrote:
… a new collaborative initiative that we are developing: The Search for Lost Species.

This campaign will mobilize field teams to search for species that have gone unrecorded for years or decades, and to leverage the publicity and policy potential of rediscoveries to channel support toward species conservation.

We are now compiling a list of lost species, and in order to make this as comprehensive and scientifically rigorous as possible (in the absence of any standard definitions of what constitutes a lost species) it will be important to have the input of experts such as yourself.

I am writing to ask if there are any coral species that have not been recorded in years or decades and may be considered "lost"? I am attaching a spreadsheet with additional information we aim to gather for each lostspecies—any of these questions that you could answer would be a bonus, but the main thing at this stage is to start compiling a list of lost species and when they were last recorded.

We aim to have a preliminary list of lost species compiled by the end of September to begin raising support for searches. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions of others we should be engaging at this stage.

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