Although Tubastraea coccinea (orange-cup coral) is listed on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species website and database (see Tubastraea coccinea in CITES species Database) it often competes with other benthic invertebrates for substratum space (Vermeij 2006). This may put native species at risk, particularly sponges and native corals. Local exclusion or extinction of such species may occur and the removal of the native corals may reduce the production of the entire ecosystem, compromising ecosystem functions (Creed 2006).
Étude de cas sur les impacts
Compétition: Tubastraea coccinea (orange-cup coral) may exclude native coral species, reducing their cover (Creed 2006).
Modification de l'écosystème: The competitive removal of native corals reduces ecosystem production, therefore compromising ecosystem functions (Creed 2006)