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Monday, August 15, 2016

Namibia Endangered Species

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ for NAMIBIA in Southern Africa lists 1 extinct species (Namibcypris costata crustacean), 13 critically endangered species, and 26 endangered species. Namibia's critically endangered species are as follows: Gazania Thermalis aster flowers, Giant Quiver Tree, Golden Cave Catfish, Hooded Vulture, Hook-Lipped Rhinoceros, Marais' Lace-Winged Katydid, Panicum pearsonii grass (possibly extinct), Sawback Angelshark, Smoothback Angelshark, Tilapia guinasana fish, Tristan Albatross bird, White-Backed Vulture, and White-Headed Vulture. These aforementioned species are endemic and therefore only live in Namibia: Gazania Thermalis, Giant Quiver Tree (also lives in South Africa's Northern Cape province), Golden Cave Catfish (Aigamas Cave), Marais' Lace-Winged Katydid, Panicum pearsonii grass (well, if this grass is still living and not extinct), and Tilapia guinasana fish (Lake Guinas).

Some endangered species include the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna, Atlantic Petrel, Bank Cormorant, Cassava Croaker fish, Gray-Headed Albatross, Pollack Whale, Southern Crowned Crane, Steppe Eagle, Violinfish, and Yellow-Nosed Albatross. Species named after Namibia or the Namib Desert include the Herero Chat bird (Namibornis herero), Namib River Bream fish, Namib Round-Eared Elephant Shrew (pretty cute!), Namibian Agile Katydid, Namibian Black-Kneed Katydid, Namibian Clonia Katydid, Namibian Dimorphic Leaf Katydid, and Namibian Long-Eared Bat.

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