Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Species of Greatest Conservation Need

Mammals | Birds | Reptiles | Fish | Invertebrates

 

Mammals

Scientific Name

Common Name

Status

Trend

Trichechus manatus latirostris Florida Manatee Medium Stable
Tursiops truncatus Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin Unknown Unknown

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Birds

Scientific Name

Common Name

Status

Trend

Anas acuta Northern Pintail Low Declining
Aythya affinis Lesser Scaup Medium Declining
Gavia immer Common Loon Medium Declining
Podiceps auritus coronutus Horned Grebe Medium Unknown
Pelecanus occidentalis Brown Pelican Abundant Declining
Ardea herodias occidentalis Great White Heron Medium Stable
Egretta tricolor Tricolored Heron Medium Unknown
Egretta rufescens Reddish Egret Low Stable
Ajaia ajaja Roseate Spoonbill Low Declining
Mycteria Americana Wood Stork Medium Stable
Haliaeetus leucocephalus Bald Eagle Medium Increasing
Numenius phaeopus hudsonicus Whimbrel Unknown Unknown
Sterna nilotica Gull-billed Tern Low Declining
Sterna caspia Caspian Tern Low Unknown
Sterna maxima Royal Tern Medium Stable
Sterna sandvicensis Sandwich Tern Unknown Unknown
Sterna dougallii Roseate Tern Low Declining
Sterna antillarum Least Tern Medium Unknown
Sterna fuscata Sooty Tern Medium Stable
Rynchops niger Black Skimmer Low Declining

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Reptiles

Scientific Name

Common Name

Status

Trend

Crocodylus acutus American Crocodile Low Increasing
Malaclemys terrapin Diamondback Terrapin Unknown Declining
Chelonia mydas Green Turtle Low Increasing
Eretmochelys imbricata Hawksbill Low Unknown
Caretta caretta Loggerhead Medium Stable
Lepidochelys kempii Kemp's Ridley Low Stable
Nerodia clarkii compressicauda Mangrove Salt Marsh Snake Medium Stable

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Fish

Scientific Name

Common Name

Status

Trend

Ginglymostoma cirratum Nurse Shark Medium Unknown
Carcharhinus acronotus Blacknose Shark Low Unknown
Carcharhinus leucas Bull Shark Low Unknown
Carcharhinus limbatus Blacktip Shark Low Stable
Negaprion brevirostris Lemon Shark Low Unknown
Rhizoprionodon terraenovae Atlantic Sharpnose Shark Medium Stable
Sphyrna tiburo Bonnethead Medium Stable
Pristis pectinata Smalltooth Sawfish Low Declining
Aetobatus narinari Spotted Eagle Ray Unknown Unknown
Megalops atlanticus Tarpon Low Stable
Albula vulpes Bonefish Low Stable
Anguilla rostrata American Eel Low Unknown
Gymnothorax moringa Spotted Moray Unknown Unknown
Gymnothorax vicinus Purplemouth Moray Unknown Unknown
Myrichthys breviceps Sharptail Eel Unknown Unknown
Opsanus beta Gulf Toadfish Medium Stable
Opsanus tau Oyster Toadfish Medium Stable
Ogcocephalus nasutus Shortnose Batfish Low Stable
Mugil cephalus Striped Mullet Medium Stable
Mugil curema White Mullet Medium Stable
Mugil gyrans Whirligig Mullet Medium Unknown
Hemiramphus balao Balao Low Stable
Hemiramphus brasiliensis Ballyhoo Low Stable
Hyporhamphus meeki False Silverstripe Halfbeak Low Stable
Hyporhamphus unifasciatus Atlantic Silverstripe Halfbeak Low Stable
Anarchopterus criniger Fringed Pipefish Low Unknown
Bryx dunckeri Pugnose Pipefish Unknown Unknown
Cosmocampus albirostris Whitenose Pipefish Unknown Unknown
Cosmocampus brachycephalus Crested Pipefish Unknown Unknown
Cosmocampus elucens Shortfin Pipefish Unknown Unknown
Halicampus crinitus Banded Pipefish Unknown Unknown
Hippocampus erectus Lined Seahorse Low Stable
Hippocampus reidi Longsnout Seahorse Low Stable
Hippocampus zosterae Dwarf Seahorse Low Stable
Syngnathus floridae Dusky Pipefish Low Declining
Syngnathus fuscus Northern Pipefish Low Unknown
Syngnathus louisianae Chain Pipefish Low Declining
Syngnathus scovelli Gulf Pipefish Medium Declining
Syngnathus springeri Bull Pipefish Unknown Unknown
Aulostomus maculatus Atlantic Trumpetfish Unknown Unknown
Fistularia tabacaria Bluespotted Cornetfish Unknown Unknown
Centropomus undecimalis Common Snook Low Stable
Centropristis striata Black Sea Bass Unknown Unknown
Epinephelus morio Red Grouper Low Increasing
Hypoplectrus aberrans Yellowbelly Hamlet Low Stable
Hypoplectrus gemma Blue Hamlet Low Stable
Hypoplectrus guttavarius Shy Hamlet Low Stable
Hypoplectrus indigo Indigo Hamlet Low Stable
Hypoplectrus nigricans Black Hamlet Low Stable
Hypoplectrus puella Barred Hamlet Low Stable
Hypoplectrus unicolor Butter Hamlet Low Stable
Mycteroperca bonaci Black Grouper Low Increasing
Mycteroperca microlepis Gag Low Stable
Serranus baldwini Lantern Bass Low Stable
Serranus tigrinus Harlequin Bass Low Stable
Opistognathus whitehursti Dusky Jawfish Unknown Unknown
Astrapogon alutus Bronze Cardinalfish Unknown Unknown
Astrapogon puncticulatus Blackfin Cardinalfish Unknown Unknown
Astrapogon stellatus Conchfish Unknown Unknown
Phaeoptyx conklini Freckled Cardinalfish Unknown Unknown
Phaeoptyx pigmentaria Dusky Cardinalfish Unknown Unknown
Phaeoptyx xenus Sponge Cardinalfish Unknown Unknown
Caranx latus Horse-eye Jack Unknown Unknown
Lutjanus analis Mutton Snapper Low Stable
Lutjanus apodus Schoolmaster Unknown Unknown
Lutjanus griseus Gray Snapper Low Stable
Lutjanus synagris Lane Snapper Low Declining
Ocyurus chrysurus Yellowtail Snapper Low Stable
Haemulon album Margate Low Stable
Haemulon aurolineatum Tomtate Low Stable
Haemulon flavolineatum French Grunt Low Stable
Haemulon plumierii White Grunt Low Stable
Haemulon sciurus Bluestriped Grunt Low Stable
Orthopristis chrysoptera Pigfish Medium Stable
Archosargus probatocephalus Sheepshead Low Stable
Cynoscion nebulosus Spotted Seatrout Low Stable
Cynoscion regalis Weakfish Low Stable
Pareques acuminatus High-hat Low Stable
Sciaenops ocellatus Red Drum Low Stable
Chaetodon capistratus Foureye Butterflyfish Low Stable
Pomacanthus arcuatus Gray Angelfish Low Stable
Stegastes leucostictus Beaugregory Unknown Unknown
Doratonotus megalepis Dwarf Wrasse Unknown Unknown
Halichoeres poeyi Blackear Wrasse Unknown Unknown
Lachnolaimus maximus Hogfish Low Stable
Xyrichtys martinicensis Rosy Razorfish Unknown Unknown
Xyrichtys novacula Pearly Razorfish Unknown Unknown
Xyrichtys splendens Green Razorfish Unknown Unknown
Cryptotomus roseus Bluelip Parrotfish Unknown Unknown
Sparisoma chrysopterum Redtail Parrotfish Unknown Unknown
Sparisoma radians Bucktooth Parrotfish Unknown Unknown
Sparisoma rubripinne Yellowtail Parrotfish Unknown Unknown
Labrisomus bucciferus Puffcheek Blenny Unknown Unknown
Labrisomus guppyi Mimic Blenny Unknown Unknown
Labrisomus haitiensis Longfin Blenny Unknown Unknown
Labrisomus nuchipinnis Hairy Blenny Unknown Unknown
Malacoctenus aurolineatus Goldline Blenny Unknown Unknown
Malacoctenus macropus Rosy Blenny Unknown Unknown
Paraclinus nigripinnis Blackfin Blenny Unknown Unknown
Stathmonotus hemphilli Blackbelly Blenny Unknown Unknown
Acyrtops beryllinus Emerald Clingfish Low Unknown
Gobiesox strumosus Skilletfish Medium Stable
Eleotris amblyopsis Largescaled Spinycheek Sleeper Unknown Unknown
Coryphopterus glaucofraenum Bridled Goby Unknown Unknown
Ctenogobius saepepallens Dash Goby Unknown Unknown
Ctenogobius stigmaturus Spottail Goby Low Unknown
Gobiosoma grosvenori Rockcut Goby Unknown Unknown
Acanthurus bahianus Ocean Surgeon Low Stable
Acanthurus coeruleus Blue Tang Low Stable
Etropus crossotus Fringed Flounder Medium Increasing
Paralichthys albigutta Gulf Flounder Low Stable
Paralichthys dentatus Summer Flounder Low Stable
Balistes vetula Queen Triggerfish Low Stable
Aluterus schoepfii Orange Filefish Unknown Unknown
Acanthostracion quadricornis Scrawled Cowfish Medium Stable
Lactophrys trigonus Trunkfish Low Stable
Lactophrys triqueter Smooth Trunkfish Low Stable
Canthigaster rostrata Sharpnose Puffer Unknown Unknown
Chilomycterus schoepfii Striped Burrfish Medium Stable
Diodon holocanthus Balloonfish Unknown Unknown

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Invertebrates

Scientific Name

Common Name

Status

Trend

Spongia barbara Yellow Sponge Medium Stable
Spheciospongia vesparia Loggerhead Sponge Abundant Increasing
Argopecten irradians Bay Scallop Abundant Stable
Mercenaria campechiensis Hard Clam Abundant Stable
Mercenaria mercenaria Hard Clam Abundant Stable
Octopus vulgaris Octopus Abundant Stable
Aplysia dactylomela Spotted Seahare Medium Stable
Calliostoma adelae Keys Topsnail Unknown Unknown
Astralium phoebium Longspine Starsnail Unknown Unknown
Fasciolaria lilium Banded Tulip Abundant Stable
Pleuroploca gigantea Horse Conch Low Stable
Busycon sinistrum Lightning Whelk Abundant Stable
Cassis tuberosa Helmet Shell Low Declining
Charonia tritonis variegata Atlantic Trumpet Triton Low Declining
Strombus gigas Queen Conch Low
Elysia crispata Lettuce Slug Unknown Unknown
Oreaster reticulatis Cushion Star, Bahama Star Low Stable
Meoma ventricosa West Indian Sea Biscuit Unknown Unknown
Clypeaster rosaceus West Indian Sea Biscuit Unknown Unknown
Clypeaster subdepressus Sea Biscuit Unknown Unknown
Diadema antillarum Long-spined Urchin Low Stable
Lytechinus variegatus Variegated Urchin Abundant Stable
Tripneustes ventricosus Sea Egg Urchin Unknown Unknown
Holothuria floridana Florida Sea Cucumber Unknown Unknown
Ophiophragmus filograneus Brittle Star Unknown Unknown
Astrophyton muricatum Basket Star Unknown Unknown
Hermodice carunculata Fire (Bristle) Worm Unknown Unknown
Limulus polyphemus Horseshoe Crab Abundant Declining
Lysmata wurdemanni Peppermint Shrimp Unknown Unknown
Stenorynchus seticornis Yellowline Arrow Crab Unknown Unknown
Panulirus argus Spiny Lobster Abundant Stable
Farfantepenaeus duorarum Pink Shrimp Abundant Stable
Callinectes sapidus Blue Crab Abundant Stable
Upogebia spp. Ghost Shrimp Unknown Unknown
Menippe nodifrons Cuban Stone Crab Unknown Unknown
Neogonodactylus oerstedii Mantis Shrimp Unknown Unknown
Lysiosquilla scabricauda Thumbsplitter Mantis Shrimp Unknown Unknown

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Approximately 1.7 million acres of Florida's remaining natural areas have been invaded by nonindigenous plant species, which have degraded and diminished our ecosystem.

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