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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Iran Extinct and Endangered Species

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ for IRAN in West Asia and the Middle East lists 1 extinct-in-the-wild species since the beginning of IUCN recordkeeping, 16 critically endangered species, and 25 endangered species.

The Stenodus leucichthys fish species is extinct in the wild in Iran's Caspian Sea basin, being only alive in captivity within commercial stocks. The country's critically endangered species include the Hawksbill Turtle, Leopard Barbel fish, Persian Sturgeon and Russian Sturgeon, Siberian Crane, Transcaucasian Racerunner lizard, and White-rumped Vulture. Endangered species include the Blue Whale and Fin Whale, Kurdistan Newt, Persian Fallow Deer, Red-breasted Goose, Saker Falcon, and Velvet Scoter. The Kurdistan Newt only lives in western Iran in Kermanshah Province.

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