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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Oman Endangered Species

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The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ for OMAN in Southwestern Asia lists 3 critically endangered species and 21 endangered species. There are no extinct species listed on IUCN's website. Oman's critically endangered species are the Hawksbill Turtle, Pondicherry Shark, and Sociable Plover bird. Endangered species in Oman include the Arabian Tahr, Black Teatfish, Eastern Curlew bird, Prickly Redfish, Sandfish, Scalloped Hammerhead Shark, and Tawi Atair Garra fish. With a population of 200, Tawi Atair Garra fish are only found in a deep sinkhole's pool — located in southwestern Oman's Dhofar Governorate near the city of Salalah. Species named after Oman include the Oman Blenny fish, Oman Bullhead Shark, Oman Butterflyfish, Oman Cuttlefish, Oman Electric Ray, Oman Garra fish, Oman Gurnard fish, Oman Porgy Fish, Oman Saw-Scaled Viper, Oman Sea Longsnout Goby, and Omani Owl (discovered in 2013).

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