The alarming study has just been published in Nature Communications. It finds, except for marine mammals, these coral sharks and rays are more likely to go extinct than any other group in the world.
The usual culprits have been found to be behind this tragic state of affairs; overfishing, habitat loss and climate change.
Bluespotted lagoon ray.
There is a glimmer of hope amid the findings. The ray (above) is the only coral reef shark or ray with an increasing population trend.
Lead photo: Bull sharks in Fiji. Photos by Colin Simpfendorfer. This widely-distributed species is among the most at risk of extinction.
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