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Monday, July 27, 2015

Fiji Extinct and Endangered Species

As of July 27th, 2015, the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ for Fiji in Oceania lists 2 extinct species since the beginning of IUCN recordkeeping, 47 critically endangered species, and 53 endangered species. These numbers are quite extensive compared to data of similar-sized countries. However, Fiji is different in that there are more endemic species living in smaller areas, so they are naturally more at risk of endangerment and extinction. Fiji's two extinct species are the Hypotaenidia poeciloptera – the Bar-winged Rail bird – and Weinmannia spiraeoides plant. Both species were endemic to Fiji. Critically endangered species include the Fiji Crested Iguana, Fiji Petrel, Fijian Monkey-faced Bat, Hawksbill Turtle, and Red-throated Lorikeet bird. Endangered species include the Fiji Ground Frog, Fiji Snake, Golden Sandfish, Humphead Wrasse fish, and Ono-i-Lau Ground Skink lizard.

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