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Threatened and endangered species in the US Virgin Islands

Several terrestrial and marine species of plants and animals in the USVI are threatened or endangered. The list includes a number of plants, staghorn and elkhorn corals, black coral, the green sea turtle, hawksbill sea turtle, Kemp's ridley sea turtle, the leatherback turtle, and the loggerhead sea turtle, St. Croix ground lizard, the Virgin Islands Boa, the brown pelican, the peregrine falcon, many other species of nesting birds, the slipperyback skink, the Atlantic goliath grouper, and three species of bat. Other threatened, endangered or vulnerable species in Virgin Island waters include the West Indian manatee, several species of dolphins and whales (blue whale, finback whale, humpback whale, sei whale, and sperm whale). Fishes and coral species of concern include the ivory bush coral, dusky shark, mangrove rivulus, night shark, sand tiger shark, speckled hind, striped croaker, Warsaw grouper and white marlin.

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