Have you recently seen – or not seen the long-spined urchin (Diadema antillarum) on Caribbean Reefs?
Have you recently seen - or not seen The long-spined urchin (Diadema antillarum) on Caribbean Reefs? Let us know, at www.seaegg.org!
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, we can use all the help we can find. Therefore, we are asking everyone that is in or around the water a lot anywhere in the Caribbean to share their observations with us! On our website www.seaegg.org you can easily let us 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!