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Friday, August 19, 2016

Nepal Endangered Species & Species Named After Nepal

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The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ for NEPAL in South Asia lists 15 critically endangered species and 34 endangered species. Nepal's critically endangered species are as follows: Baer's Pochard, Bengal Bustard bird, Chinese Pangolin, Gentiana kurroo flower, Gharial (Long-Nosed Crocodile), Imperial Heron, Nardostachys jatamansi flower*, Oriental White-Backed Vulture, Pink-Headed Duck, Pondicherry Vulture, Pygmy Hog, Rara Snowtrout fish, Red-Crowned Roofed Turtle, Slender-Billed Vulture, and Snowtrout. Endangered species include the Asian Buffalo, Fishing Cat, Golden Mahseer fish, Himalayan Cypripedium (Himalayan Ladyslipper) orchid, Himalayan Musk Deer, Lesser Florican (Likh) bird (featured on stamps from India), and South Asian River Dolphin.

Species named after Nepal include the Little Nepalese Horseshoe Bat, Nepal Black Cedar tree, Nepal Camellia flower, Nepal Cricket Frog, Nepal Fulvetta bird, Nepal House Martin bird, Nepal Myotis bat, Nepal Wren Babbler bird, and Nepalese Snowtrout.

* Also known as Jatamansi, Muskroot, and Spikenard, these light pink flowers are found across parts of northern Myanmar (Burma) and the HimalayasBhutan, southwestern China, northern India. Unfortunately, these floral wonders are overharvested for their medicinal qualities.

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