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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Pakistan Endangered Species

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The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ for PAKISTAN in South Asia lists 15 critically endangered species and 32 endangered species. There are no extinct species listed on IUCN's website. Pakistan's critically endangered species include the Baer's Pochard duck, Gentiana kurroo flowers, Glyptothorax kashmirensis catfish, Indian Bustard bird, Largetooth Sawfish, Long-Billed Vulture, Long-Nosed Crocodile, Oriental White-Backed Vulture, Pondicherry Shark, Pondicherry Vulture, Snow Crane, and Sociable Plover. Its habitat being altered by river damming, the Glyptothorax kashmirensis catfish resides only in the Jhelum River in northern Pakistan (Kashmir). Endangered species include the Black-Bellied Tern bird, Broadfin Shark, Golden Mahaseer fish, Himalayan Yew tree, Indian Elephant, Indian Hog Deer, Kashmir Musk-Deer, Longheaded Eagle Ray, Narrow-Headed Softshell Turtle, South Asian River Dolphin, Thick-Tailed Pangolin, and Woolly Flying Squirrel. Up until the late 20th century, biologists thought the aforementioned squirrel species became extinct. At least one species — Pakistan Calomyscus, also known as the Baluchi Brush-tailed Mouse — is named after Pakistan.

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