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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Romania Endangered Species

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ for ROMANIA in Eastern Europe features 2 extinct species (Gasterosteus crenobiontus fish and Romanogobio antipai fish), 13 critically endangered species, and 19 endangered species. Romania's critically endangered species include the European Eel, European Mink, Great Sturgeon, Heleobia Dobrogica snail, Russian Sturgeon, Scardinius racovitzai fish, Slender-Billed Curlew, Star Sturgeon, and Thorn Sturgeon. The aforementioned snail species is only found in one cave (4 sq. kilometers in area) in southeastern Romania, not far from the Black Sea. To help protect this species, the cave has been re-sealed to prevent oxygen from altering the cave's microclimate. With an area of occupancy smaller than 1 km², Scardinius racovitzai fish live in one hot spring in north-central Romania. Endangered species include the Big-Bellied Glandular Bush Cricket, Black Nerite aquatic snail, Common Aldrovanda plant, Egyptian Eagle, Goldstreifiger beetle, Huchen fish, Mediterranean Monk Seal, Pannonian Black Hawthorn (Hungarian Thorn) tree, Ropalopus ungaricus beetle, Saker Falcon, Steppe Eagle, Striped Nerite aquatic snail, Thick-Shelled River Mussel, and White-Headed Duck. Species named after Romania include the Romanian Darter fish (critically endangered), Romanian Hamster, and Romanian Loach fish.

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