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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Kiribati Extinct and Endangered Species

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ for KIRIBATI in Oceania lists 1 extinct species since the beginning of IUCN recordkeeping and 10 endangered species. The Christmas Sandpiper is Kiribati's sole extinct species, estimated to have been globally extinct starting in the 1850s. Kiribati's endangered species are the Golden Sandfish, Green Turtle, Holothuria nobilis and Holothuria whitmaei Sea Cucumbers, Humphead Wrasse fish, Kiritimati Reed Warbler, Phoenix Petrel bird, Polynesian Storm Petrel, Prickly Redfish, and Rimatara Lorikeet (Kuhl's Lorikeet, or Kura). Also known as Bokikokiko or the Christmas Island Warbler, the Kiritimati Reed Warbler resides mostly on the island of Kiritimati (Christmas Island) but also on Teeraina (Washington Island). It may be extinct on Tabuaeran, a ringlike island featuring a lagoon in the center.

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