National Geographic : 2015 Jul
FAMILY ORDER ORDER FAMILY Corals: 1,212,155 Other Invertebrates: 152,030 Vertebrates: 559,639 specimens traded Reptiles Mammals Birds Fish Invertebrates Amphibians $232 $59.4 $40.5 $16.5 $12 $0.2 Sturgeons Sturgeons and paddlefish 99,900 Seahorses 2,907 FISH 15 species 104,520 animals traded AMPHIBIANS 13 species 11,646 animals traded MAMMALS 72 species 2,462 animals traded Monk parakeet African parrots Parrots and cockatoos 104,230 Birds of prey 342 BIRDS 92 species 105,449 animals traded Pond turtles Tortoises Snapping turtles Softshell turtles Box turtles Monitors Chameleons Dragon lizards Geckos Pythons Boas Turtles 238,913 Lizards 74,740 Snakes 19,292 Alligators 2,617 REPTILES 145 species 335,562 animals traded Costly Reptiles Reptiles and reptile skins are among the most valuable products tracked by CITES— but it all depends on the finishing. A hunter may sell a captured python for just $30; an elegant handbag crafted from python skin can cost as much as $10,000. Caviar is the most valuable fishery commodity managed by CITES. Wild- sourced exports have declined since 1999. White sturgeon Acipenser transmontanus The species of sturgeon most commonly harvested for caviar are endangered or threatened. Asiatic softshell turtle Amyda cartilaginea Softshell turtles—used as food and in folk remedies—are farmed by the millions, but wild populations are still down. Royal python Python regius Almost all the trade in Southeast Asian python skins is funneled to the European fashion industry. JASON TREAT AND EMILY M. ENG, NGM STAFF; MEG ROOSEVELT SOURCE: CITES SECRETARIAT (2012), “CITES TRADE: RECENT TRENDS IN APPENDIX II-LISTED SPECIES (1996-2010),” PREPARED BY UNEP-WCMC Estimated value of trade in CITES Appendix II species by taxonomic group, 2010 (in millions of 2010 U.S. dollars) Mammals accounted for 15% of the total value of Appendix II animal trade (2006-2010).