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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

United Arab Emirates Endangered Species

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ for the UNITED ARAB EMIRATES in the Middle East and Southwest Asia lists 3 critically endangered species and 13 endangered species. Hawksbill Turtles, Longcomb Sawfish, and Sociable Plover birds are critically endangered in this arid country featuring expansive desert land and modernized, glistening cities. The following thirteen species are endangered in the United Arab Emirates: the Arabian Tahr ungulate mammal, Arabineura khalidi damselfly, Common Rorqual baleen whale, Egyptian Eagle, Great Knot bird, Green Turtle, Hammerhead Shark, Lappet-Faced Vulture, Parasimplastrea sheppardi coral, Saker Falcon, Scalloped Hammerhead Shark, Steppe Eagle, and Yellow-Breasted Bunting. The aforementioned coral species lives near and along most of the Arabian Sea coast — by the countries Djibouti, India, Iran, Oman, Pakistan, Somalia, the U.A.E., and Yemen — and about 2,000 kilometers south near Mauritius and its Rodrigues island. Like with hundreds of other coral types around the world, this species is susceptible to a plethora of threats: pollution, ocean acidification, invasive species, destruction from boats, and even minor natural and anthropogenic changes in the climate.

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