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Thursday, December 8, 2016

US Virgin Islands Endangered Species

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ for the United States Virgin Islands in the Caribbean Sea lists 2 extinct species (Puerto Rican Shrew and Saint Croix Racer snake), 12 critically endangered species, and 16 endangered species. These species are critically endangered in the U.S. Virgin Islands: the Capa Rosa (Callicarpa ampla), Goliath Grouper fish, Greater Saint Croix Skink, Greater Virgin Islands Skink, Lesser Saint Croix Skink, Lesser Virgin Islands Skink, Machaonia woodburyana flowering shrub, Roosevelt's Giant Anole lizard, Saint Croix Ground Lizard, Vahl's Boxwood shrub and tree, Virgin Islands Bronze Skink, and Wide Sawfish. The Greater Virgin Islands Skink has not been witnessed since 1877, so this species might be extinct. Endangered species include the American Eel, Atlantic Bluefin Tuna, Black-Capped Petrel, Caribbean Mayten tree, Golden-Cheeked Warbler, Green Turtle, Guaiac Tree, Nassau Grouper, Saint Thomas Prickly Ash tree, Thomas' Lidflower plant, Virgin Islands Boa, Virgin Islands Coquí frog, and Yellow Mottled Coquí frog.

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