Welcome to IBIS- the Island Biodiversity and Invasive Species Database. IBIS is focused on the threat of invasive alien species on native species and ecosystems on islands.
The Critically Endangered Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) can be found in tropical and sub-tropical regions throughout the world. It inhabits coastal waters in more than 108 countries and nests in at least 70 countries. Coastal construction, artificial lighting, and nest predation by introduced species all threaten hawksbill nesting beaches. In the Caribbean, mongooses reportedly prey on Hawksbill turtle eggs in fragmented beach habitats. Trapping around vulnerable beaches has led to much greater breeding success for the turtles.