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Have you recently seen – or not seen The long-spined urchin on Caribbean Reefs?

Wed 10 Aug, 2016

The Long-spined urchin (Diadema antillarum) is one of the most important herbivores on Caribbean reefs. Unfortunately, this species went through a major die-off in the early 80’s which led to reef degradation in the entire Caribbean.

To determine the current status (and hopefully identify those circumstances under which this species can “regrow”) of Diadema antillarum, researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (San Diego) and Carmabi Research Station (Curaçao) are gathering data from all over the Caribbean.

To make this project happen, they can use all the help they can find. Therefore, they are asking everyone that is in or around the water a lot anywhere in the Caribbean to share their observations with them!

On their website www.seaegg.org you can easily let them know where you have been in the water, and whether or not you have seen this sea urchin species.

Please spread to the word by sharing this message!

Photo credit: The long-spined urchin / Carmabi research station
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