• Dry Tortugas

    Dry Tortugas

    National Park Florida

Threatened and Endangered Species

Habitat loss, disease, invasion of exotic species, and pollution are some of the reasons that native animal and plant species may face extinction. The Endangered Species Act of 1973 has afforded some measure of protection and recognized the aesthetic, educational, historic, and scientific value of these species. It also allows for the classification of species as threatened or endangered and mandates legal protection for species so listed.

Threatened species: Any species that is in danger of becoming endangered throughout its range.
Endangered species: Any species that is in danger of extinction throughout its range.
Candidate species: Any species that is likely to be added to the threatened or endangered list soon.

 

Note: This list includes only federally listed species; it does not include state-listed species.

 

Threatened and Endangered Species List
for Dry Tortugas National Park

T = Federally Threatened
E = Federally Endangered
C = Candidate species
* = Casual visitor
** = Extirpated

 
 

Common Name

Scientific Name

Status

Caracara, Audubon’s Crested

Polyborus aristodemus ponceanus

T*

Coral, Elkhorn

Acropora palmata

T

Coral, Staghorn

Acropora cervicornis

T

Crocodile, American

Crocodylus acutus

T*

Plover, Piping

Charadrius melodus

T

Sea Turtle, Loggerhead

Caretta caretta

T

Tern, Roseate

Sterna dougallii dougallii

T

Manatee, West Indian

Trichechus manatus

E*

Sea Turtle, Green

Chelonia mydas

E

Sea Turtle, Hawksbill

Eretmochelys imbricata

E

Sea Turtle, Kemp’s Ridley

Lepidochelys kempi

E*

Sea Turtle, Leatherback

Dermochelys coriacea

E*

Seal, Caribbean Monk

Monachus triopicalis

E**

Whale, Finback

Balaenoptera physalus

E*

Whale, Humpback

Megaptera novaeangliae

E*

Whale, Right

Balaena glacialis (incl. australis)

E*

Knot, Red

Calidris canutus rufa

C*

List updated July 29, 2009

Did You Know?

Hospital Key

The islands of the Dry Tortugas are in a constant state of flux. Due to the errosive effects of tropical storms, shorelines are constantly being reshaped. In fact, entire islands have been know to disappear or reform following the passage of particularly violent hurricanes.