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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Mauritius Endangered Species

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ for MAURITIUS in Southeast Africa and the Indian Ocean lists 81 critically endangered species and 54 endangered species. These are large numbers for a rather small country, although Mauritius is known to be a biodiverse hotspot with plenty of low-population species. Some critically endangered species include the Bojer's Skink, Bottle Palm, Madagascar Fish Eagle, Mauritius Olive White-eye bird, Réunion Petrel, Rodrigues Flying Fox, and Zanthoxylum heterophyllum tree. Endangered species include the Abbott's Booby bird, Barau's Petrel, Common Rorqual, Dark-mantled Sotty Albatross, Günther's Gecko, Mascarene (Echo) Parakeet (population is steadily increasing), and Wattle-necked Softshell Turtle. Living species named after Mauritius include the Blue Mauritius Angelfish, Mauritius Bulbul bird, Mauritius Cuckoo Shrike, Mauritius Fody, Mauritius Kestrel, and Mauritius Swiflet.

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