The next stop on our journey across the tree of life will be the EDGE sharks. The world’s most evolutionary distinct sharks, rays and chimaera have been scored. The next step is to assess their global endangerment status (According to the IUCN Red List, almost half of all sharks, rays and chimaeras are classed as 'Data Deficient’). These creatures have been swimming in our oceans for over 400 million years; yet the existence of many of these weird and wonderful species is threatened by overfishing, as well as habitat degradation due to coastal development, pollution and climate change.
We aim to develop conservation programmes for EDGE fish, reptiles, and various plant groups in the near future. For more information on conserving threatened plants and fungi visit the website of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.