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Protected Species
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Contents:
  bulletPORIFERA (Sponges)
  bulletMOLUSCA
    bulletGastropoda
    bulletBivalvia
  bulletREPTILIA
  bulletAVES (BIRDS)
  bulletMAMMALIA (MAMMALS)
    bulletCetacea (whales, dolphins and porpoises)
  bulletREFERENCES


PORIFERA (Sponges)

Scientific name: Porifera
Common name: All sponges
Range or habitat: marine
Reasons for protection: commercial
Also endangered by other agencies:

MOLUSCA

Gastropoda

Scientific name: Trochus niloticus (syn. Trochus maximus)
Common name: Commercial top shell
Range or habitat: marine
Reasons for protection: commercial, closed season
Also endangered by other agencies:

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Bivalvia

Scientific name: Pictada margaritifera
Common name: Black-lip pearl oyster
Range or habitat: marine
Reasons for protection: commercial, closed season
Also endangered by other agencies:

REPTILIA

Scientific name: Eretmochelys imbricata
Common name: Hawksbill turtle
Range or habitat: marine, northern atolls
Reasons for protection: RMI endangered species
Also endangered by other agencies: IUCN, US

Scientific name: Dermochelys coriacea
Common name: Leatherback turtle
Range or habitat: marine, vagrant
Reasons for protection: RMI endangered species
Also endangered by other agencies: IUCN, US

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Scientific name: Chelonia mydas
Common name: Green sea turtle
Range or habitat: marine, nests on northern atolls
Reasons for protection: no commercial activities
Also endangered by other agencies: IUCN, US

Scientific name: Caretta caretta
Common name: Loggerhead turtle
Range or habitat: marine, vagrant
Reasons for protection: no commercial activities
Also endangered by other agencies: IUCN, US

Scientific name: Lapidochelys olivacea
Common name: Pacific Ridley turtle
Range or habitat: marine, vagrant
Reasons for protection: no commercial activities
Also endangered by other agencies: IUCN, US

AVES (BIRDS)

Scientific name: Ducula oceanica ratakensis
Common name: Ratak Micronesian Pigeon
Range or habitat: Amo, Miliextirpated on Maloelap, Wotje, Majuro
Reasons for protection: RMI endangered species
Also endangered by other agencies: US

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MAMMALIA (MAMMALS)

Cetacea (whales, dolphins and porpoises)

Scientific name: Stenella attenuata attenuata
Common name: Offshore spotted dolphin
Range or habitat: marine, transient?
Reasons for protection: marine mammal protection act,protection in the course of commercial fishing
Also endangered by other agencies: C.I.T.E.S., IUCN

Scientific name: Stenella attenuata graffmani
Common name: Coastal spotted dolphin
Range or habitat: marine, transient?
Reasons for protection: marine mammal protection act,protection in the course of commercial fishing
Also endangered by other agencies: C.I.T.E.S., IUCN

Scientific name: Stenella longirostris orientalis
Common name: Eastern spinner dolphin
Range or habitat: marine, transient?
Reasons for protection: marine mammal protection act,protection in the course of commercial fishing
Also endangered by other agencies: C.I.T.E.S., IUCN

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Scientific name: Stenella longirostris longirostris
Common name: Whitebelly spinner dolphin
Range or habitat: marine, transient?
Reasons for protection: marine mammal protection act,protection in the course of commercial fishing
Also endangered by other agencies: C.I.T.E.S., IUCN

Scientific name: Stenella longirostris centroamericana
Common name: Costa Rica spinner dolphin
Range or habitat: marine, transient?
Reasons for protection: marine mammal protection act,protection in the course of commercial fishing
Also endangered by other agencies: C.I.T.E.S., IUCN

Scientific name: Delphinus delphis
Common name: Common dolphin
Range or habitat: marine, transient?
Reasons for protection: marine mammal protection act,protection in the course of commercial fishing
Also endangered by other agencies: C.I.T.E.S., IUCN

Scientific name: Stenella coeruleoalba
Common name: Striped dolphin
Range or habitat: marine, transient?
Reasons for protection: marine mammal protection act,protection in the course of commercial fishing
Also endangered by other agencies: C.I.T.E.S., IUCN

Scientific name: Cetacea spp.
Common name: All other species of small toothed cetaceans-
Range or habitat: marine, transient?
Reasons for protection: marine mammal protection act,protection in the course of commercial fishing
Also endangered by other agencies: C.I.T.E.S., IUCN

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Scientific name: Balaenoptera musculus
Common name: Blue whale
Range or habitat: marine
Reasons for protection: RMI endangered species
Also endangered by other agencies: C.I.T.E.S., IUCN, US

Scientific name: Physeter catodon
Common name: Sperm whale
Range or habitat: marine
Reasons for protection: RMI endangered species
Also endangered by other agencies: C.I.T.E.S., IUCN, US


REFERENCES

National Biodiversity Team of the RMI, 2000. The Marshall Islands - Living Atols Amidst the Living Sea/ The National Biodiversity Report of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. © RMI Biodiversity Project. ISBN 982-9045-02-1, St. Hildegard Publishing Company, Santa Clarita, CA, USA.

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Republic of the Marshall Islands Environmental Protection Authority 1997. Collected Environmental Regulations. Majuro, Marshall Islands

Republic of the Marshall Islands Nitijela 1997. Marshall Islands Marine Resources Act, Bill No. 88. Majuro, Marshall Islands

__________ 1988. Marshall Islands Revised Code, Vol. I and II. Majuro, Marshall Islands

USAKA, 1995. Environmental Standards and Procedures for United States Army Kwajalein Atoll (USAKA) Activities in the Republic of the Marshall Islands

U.S. Fish and Wildlife 1996a. Pacific Islands (excluding Hawai'i) Plants and Animals: Updated March 1,1996. Listed, Proposed or Candidate Species, as Designated under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

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___________ 1996b. Candidates of Endangered Species Act Protection -1996 Notice of Review. Q's and A's

___________1997. Hawaiian Islands Animals. Listed and Candidate Species, as Designated under the U. S. Endangered Species Act.

UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre


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