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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Endangered Species of Japan

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ for JAPAN in eastern Asia lists 35 critically endangered species and 104 endangered species. Japan's critically endangered species include Abe's Salamander, Baer's Pochard duck, Chinese Puffer fish, Kikuzato's Brook Snake, Okinawa (Pryer's) Woodpecker, Sakhalin Taimen salmon, and Yanbaru Whiskered Bat. Endemic to Japan, the Yanbaru Whiskered Bat species lives in the Ryukyu Archipelago on only three islands: Okinawa, Amami-Ōshima, and Tokunoshima. This bat species is so rare that it may have been first discovered in 1996.

Endangered species include the Amami Tip-nosed Frog, Anderson's Crocodile Newt (Ryukyu Spiny Newt), Crested Ibis, Ishikawa's Frog, Japanese Night Heron, Japanese White Stork, and Star Magnolia.

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