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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Uganda Endangered Species



The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ for UGANDA in Central and Eastern Africa lists 1 extinct species (Xystichromis bayoni fish), 48 critically endangered species, and 39 endangered species. Some of Uganda's forty-eight critically endangered species are the Caridina subventralis shrimp, Du Toit's Torrent Frog*, Haplochromis michaeli cichlid fish, Haplochromis microdon cichlid fish, Haplochromis percoides cichlid fish, Hooded Vulture, Rueppell's Griffon, Singidia Tilapia fish, White-Backed Vulture, and White-Headed Vulture. Endangered species include the Albert Lates fish (named after Lake Albert, Barbour's Vlei Rat, Basra Reed Warbler, Common Chimpanzee, Egyptian Eagle, Golden-Naped Weaver bird, Grauer's Rush Warbler bird, Malagasy Pond Heron, Montane Mouse Shrew, Montane Shaggy Rat, Mountain Gorilla, Nahan's Partridge, Okapi mammal (basically a combination of features from the Giraffe and Zebra), Southern Crown Crane, and Ugandan Shrew. Species named after Uganda include the Uganda Clawed Frog, Uganda Duskhawker dragonfly, Uganda Five-Toed Skink, Uganda Nothobranch fish, Uganda Spotted Woodpecker, Uganda Woodland Warbler, Uganda Lowland Shrew, and Uganda Musk Shrew.

* This species was formerly listed as extinct in 1996, but the 2004 IUCN Red List declared that there is not enough evidence of this being true. Therefore, it is possibly extinct in their habitat — which is located on the slopes of Mount Elgon (Swahili: Mlima Elgon) of western Kenya and eastern Uganda.

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