Smallest Seahorse in the US Set to Be Listed as Endangered as its Coastal Habitat Disappears

May 4, 2012 by  
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Common Seahorse Image from Shutterstock The dwarf seahorse , native to shallow seagrass along the Gulf of Mexico, Florida Keys and areas of the Caribbean, looks set to placed on the endangered species list , in part due to the destruction of its natural habitat. The National Marine Fisheries Service has issued a report backing a petition filed two years ago by the Center for Biological Diversity , which claims that the diminutive seahorse, the smallest in US waters, could soon become extinct due to a range of threats, from illegal fishing to bycatch mortality and habitat loss, the latter of which has accelerated with frequent oil spills (including the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster ). Read the rest of Smallest Seahorse in the US Set to Be Listed as Endangered as its Coastal Habitat Disappears Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: center for biological diversity , coastal erosion , dwarf seahorse , endangered species , florida keys , gulf oil , habitat loss , national marine fisheries service , oil industry , oil leaks , pygmy seahorse , seagrass canopies , threatened species , water pollution , wetlands destruction , wetlands loss , wetlands restoration

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Smallest Seahorse in the US Set to Be Listed as Endangered as its Coastal Habitat Disappears

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