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Sunday, April 17, 2016

South Korea Extinct and Endangered Species

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ for SOUTH KOREA in East Asia lists 1 extinct species (and other possible extinct species) since the beginning of IUCN recordkeeping, 5 critically endangered species, and 25 endangered species. The Japanese Sea Lion is South Korea's sole extinct species, estimated to have been globally extinct starting in the 1950s as my North Korea post also mentions.

Similar to North Korea's list of critically endangered species, South Korea's C.E. species include the Bekko Tombo dragonfly, Chinese Pufferfish, Chinese Sturgeon (could be extinct), Crested Shelduck, and Spoon-billed Sandpiper. Endangered species include the Korean Fir tree, Korean Ladyslipper flower, Oriental Stork, Scaly-sided Merganser duck, and Suweon (Suwon) Treefrog.

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