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Friday, July 22, 2016

Micronesia Endangered Species

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ for the Federated States of MICRONESIA (« country blog post ») in the Western Pacific Ocean lists 2 extinct species, 6 critically endangered species, and 21 endangered species. Living on Kosrae island (« Kosrae blog post ») up until mid to late 1800s, Kosrae Crake birds and Kosrae Starling birds became extinct partially due to introduced rats (hitchhiking on ships and boats) competing for natural resources. Now switching to the discussion about Micronesia's endangered species. The large oceanic country's critically endangered species are the Hawksbill Turtle, Nightingale Reed Warbler, three species of land snails (Partula emersoni, Partula guamensis, and Partula martensiana), and Pohnpei Starling — only located on Pohnpei island (« Pohnpei blog post »). Endangered species include the Boettger's Emo Skink, Chuuk Emperor bird (endemic to Chuuk island), Dumeril's Tropical Gecko, Eastern Curlew bird, Micronesian Cycad plant, Polynesian Sheath-tailed Bat, Sandfish, Ulithi Fruit Bat, and Undulate Wrasse fish.

Species named after Micronesia include the Micronesian Imperial Pigeon, Micronesian Kingfisher bird, Micronesian Myzomela, Micronesian Scrubfowl, Micronesian Starling, and Micronesian Wrasse fish.

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