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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Trinidad and Tobago Endangered Species

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ for TRINIDAD and TOBAGO in the Caribbean Sea lists 8 critically endangered species and 14 endangered species. Trinidad & Tobago's eight critically endangered species are the Daggernose Shark, Elkhorn Coral, Goliath Grouper fish, Hawksbill Turtle, Phytotriades auratus tree frog, Staghorn Coral, Trinidad Piping Guan bird, and Wide Sawfish. Endangered species are the American Eel, Atlantic Bluefin Tuna, Black-Capped Petrel, Boulder Star Coral, Flectonotus fitzgeraldi frog, Green Turtle, Hammerhead Shark, Lesser Antilles Robber Frog, Mountainous Star Coral, Nassau Grouper fish, Red Siskin bird (possibly extinct), Scalloped Hammerhead Shark, Tilefish, and West Indian Mahogany tree. Also known as the Golden Tree Frog, Phytotriades auratus frogs are found in the northern part of Trinidad island, while Flectonotus fitzgeraldi frogs are found in northern Trinidad, the central and northeastern part of Tobago island, and Venezuela's Paria Peninsula (post link).

The Trinidad Euphonia bird has a least-concern status and lives on the island of Trinidad as well as in northern Colombia and Venezuela

Species Named after the Islands
Species named after Trinidad island include the following ones: Trinidad Anchovy fish, Trinidad Arboreal Rice Rat (Long-Furred Rice Rat), Trinidad Dog-Like Bat, Trinidad Euphonia bird (pictured above; photo by Margareta Wieser), Trinidad Motmot bird, Trinidad Spiny Pocket Mouse (Caribbean Spiny Pocket Mouse), Trinidad Water Rat, Trinidad Spiny Rat, and Trinidadian Funnel-Eared Bat. Species named after Tobago island include the Tobago Coral Brotula fish and Tobago Stream Frog.

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