[Coral-List] Caribbean corals and IUCN Red List

Caroline Pott caroline.pott at dpnr.vi.gov
Mon Apr 26 19:43:29 UTC 2021

Good day,

Can I ask if anyone on coral-list is involved in the Red List Specialist group/process relative to coral species?  Is there any consideration for urgent reassessment of species, particularly in light of SCTLD?

Reading about some recent reassessments of terrestrial (elephants) and marine species (elasmobranchs most notably) has made me wonder about the Red List timeline for Caribbean coral species.

I imagine reassessments of Caribbean species will show dramatic category leaps as many formerly common species which are still listed as Least Concern (e.g. Meandrina meandrites, Diploria labyrinthiformis last assessed in 2008) are rapidly become locally extinct with the progression of SCTLD.

Feel free to contact me off-list with details.

>From the front lines in the Virgin Islands,

Caroline Pott
East End Marine Park (STXEEMP) Coordinator
Department of Planning & Natural Resources/Coastal Zone Management
5005 Estate Great Pond
St Croix, USVI  00820
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