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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Lebanon Endangered Species

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ for LEBANON in the Middle East lists five critically endangered species and twenty-eight endangered species. There are fortunately no extinct species in Lebanon, or at least none listed by the IUCN. Lebanon's critically endangered species are the Ammiq Garra fish, European Eel, Leguminaia saulcyi mussel, Pseudobithynia kathrinae snail, and Sociable Plover. Ammiq Garra fish are only found in Ammiq Wetland, the country's largest wetland (only 6 square kilometers in size) and particularly located in east-central Lebanon. The aforementioned mussel species lives west of the Mount Lebanon mountain range, in northern Jordan, and in northwestern Syria. Pseudobithynia kathrinae snails inhabit areas in northeastern Lebanon, east of the major mountain range. Endangered species include the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna, Bushy Coral, Common Rorqual baleen whale, Egyptian Eagle, Lebanon Savory wildflower, Lebanon Viper, and Sweet Violet wildflower.

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