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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Portugal Endangered Species

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ for PORTUGAL in Western Europe and its associated island territories — the Azores and Madeira — lists 4 extinct species (Canarian Oystercatcher bird, Euphrasia mendoncae flower, Madeiran Land Snail, and Pseudocampylaea loweii land snail), 60 critically endangered species, and 77 endangered species. Portugal's critically endangered species include the Balearic Shearwater, Desertas Wolf Spider, Lisbon Arched-Mouth Nase fish (discovered in 2007), Madeiran Large White butterfly, Monkfish, Northern Bald Ibis, Rueppell's Griffon, Slender-Billed Curlew, Sociable Plover, and Vicia costae flower. One of the world's largest wolf spider species, the Desertas Wolf Spider lives in the Vale (Valley) da Castanheira on the deserted, isolated Deserta Grande island. This skinny island is located southeast of Madeira island. The Atlantic Bluefin Tuna, Azores Bullfinch, Azores Noctule Bat, Black Right Whale, Cahow bird, Canary Island Juniper tree, Giant Devil Ray, Leptaxis minor land snail, Madeira Petrel bird, Madeiran Brimstone butterfly, Madeiran Speckled Wood butterfly, Pardel Lynx, Pollack Whale, Sandy Skate, and over sixty other species are endangered in Portugal and its islands. Species named after Portugal include the Portuguese Blenny fish and Portuguese Dogfish. Then there's also the Portuguese Water Dog breed, which is the breed of Bo and Sunny — dogs belonging to U.S. President Barack Obama and family.

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