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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Saint Martin and Sint Maarten Endangered Species




The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ for Saint Martin and Sint Maarten in the Caribbean Sea lists a total of 5 critically endangered species and 13 endangered species. Saint Martin occupies the northern part of an island located southwest of Anguilla, west of Saint Kitts and Nevis, and east of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands. Meanwhile, Sint Maarten belongs to The Netherlands and makes up the island's southern portion. Here are the five critically endangered species on the island: Elkhorn Coral, Goliath Grouper, Hawksbill Turtle, Staghorn Coral, and Wide Sawfish. These twelve species are endangered in both Saint Martin and Sint Maarten: the American Eel, Atlantic Bluefin Tuna, Black-Capped Petrel, Boulder Star Coral, Green Turtle, Guaiac Tree, Hammerhead Shark, Leeward Island Racer snake, Montastraea faveolata coral, Nassau Grouper, Nectandra krugii (Krug's Sweetwood) tree, and West Indian Iguana. The West Indian Mahogany tree is also endangered in Saint Martin but not in Sint Maarten.

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