IUCN new listing takes into account results from food web modelling studies

The endemic Mediterranean starry ray Raja asterias has been recently listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as Near Threatened (it was previously listed as Least Concern).

The new evaluation of IUCN has taken into account new recent data available for this species, including some studies developed using food web modelling work in the Western Mediterranean Sea:

Coll M and co-authors (2010) The biodiversity of the Mediterranean Sea: estimates, patterns and threats. PLoS ONE 5:doi:10.1371

Coll M and co-authors (2013) Ecological role of the endemic Starry ray Raja asterias in the NW Mediterranean Sea and management options for its conservation. Biological Conservation 157:108-120

Find out more about this at http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/63120/0

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