Trachyphyllia geoffroyi (Crater Coral)

As in 2010, T. geoffroyi met the criteria for high volume trade in a globally threatened species and 2011 EU imports comprised live, wild-sourced corals traded for commercial purposes (19 525 corals), the majority imported directly from Australia. The Australian population was reviewed for SRG 55 and a positive opinion for wild specimens was formed on 20/06/2011. In addition, 15 wild-sourced, live corals were imported directly from Indonesia; the suspension for wild-sourced corals from Indonesia first published on 18/02/2005 remains valid. The quantity of live corals imported increased by 92% between 2010 and 2011.

2010 Summary for Trachyphyllia geoffroyi (Crater Coral)

Criteria met:  High volume (globally threatened)

Principal trade term to the EU:  live

Principal source:  wild

Top EU importer:  France

Top Trading Partner:  Australia

CITES Appendix:  II

IUCN Status:  Near Threatened

EU-reported imports of wild-sourced, live coral of Trachyphyllia geoffroyi, all purposes, 2001-2010.

EU imports in 2010 principally consisted of live, wild-sourced corals imported for commercial purposes (10,181 corals), of which the vast majority were imported directly from Australia and the remainder (18 corals) were imported directly from Indonesia. Imports of live, wild-sourced corals increased by 37% between 2009 and 2010, following a notable decrease between 2008 and 2009.

The SRG formed a positive opinion for wild specimens originating in Australia on 20/06/2011 following selection of the species on the basis of the 2008 Analysis. An import suspension has been in place for wild-sourced specimens from Indonesia, with the exception of maricultured specimens attached to artificial substrates, since 18/02/2005.