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IUCN Red List of Threatened Species - 2012 update - 4 new species extinct -

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posted on Jun, 28 2012 @ 05:21 PM
"Sustainability is a matter of life and death for people on the planet," says Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).

Things are going worth and worth for the biological diversity animal and plant species and 2012 is not an exception, with, amongst the 63,837 species assessed, 19,817 that are threatened with extinction, including 41% of amphibians, 33% of reef building corals, 25% of mammals, 13% of birds, and 30% of conifers.

June, 2012. The source of our food, medicines and clean water, as well the livelihoods of millions of people may be at risk with the rapid decline of the world's animal and plant species. The latest update of the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM, released on the eve of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is out.

The four species that are extincts are:

MOLLUSK: Ovate Clubshell (Pleurobema perovatum) - EX

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MOLLUSK: Fish Springs Marshsnail (Stagnicola pilsbryi) - EX

PLANT: Acalypha dikuluwensis - EX
PLANT: Basananthe cupricola - EX

This year it's "only" two mollusk and two plant species, but next year, it could be one of these, that are critically endangered, the two first from this year as well:

Caquetá titi

The population size of the species may be fewer than 250 adult animals...


Myanmar snub-nosed monkey

The known population is estimated at 260 to 330 individuals...


Iberian lynx

The total population is estimated to be 99 to 158 adults...

edit on 28-6-2012 by elevenaugust because: (no reason given)

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