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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Kenya Extinct and Endangered Species

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ for KENYA in East Africa lists 2 extinct species since the beginning of IUCN recordkeeping, 56 critically endangered species, and 122 endangered species. Pangani Haplo (Ctenochromis pectoralis) and Aplocheilichthys sp. nov.* "Naivasha" are two extinct fish species in Kenya. The latter species was found in its namesake Lake Naivasha (southwestern Kenya) until the 1970s or 1980s. Its extinction is due to introduced species' predation and competition.

Critically endangered species include the DuToit's Torrent Frog, Hawksbill Turtle, Hook-lipped Rhinoceros, Kenya Jewel damselfly, Lake Chala Tilapia, Longcomb Sawfish, Taita Thrush bird, and White-backed Vulture. Endangered species include the Aberdare Cisticola bird, Black Teatfish, Cape Hunting Dog, Egyptian Eagle, Grevy's Zebra, Lappet-faced Vulture, Malagasy Pond Heron, and Pollack (Sei) Whale.

* — Sp. nov. in Latin stands for "species nova" (new species) to refer to a new taxonomic status or classification.

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