Friday, May 26, 2006

Corals Join the Endangered Species List

Two species of Caribbean coral — acropora palmata, or elkhorn, and acropora cervicornis, or staghorn — were listed as threatened species earlier this month.  They have declined 97% since the 1970s.  According to the National Marine Fisheries Service, elkhorn and staghorn were the dominant species on the Caribbean reef as recently as the early 80's.  They face many threats, but the most significant may be climate change.NY Times report

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