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IUCN Species of the Day: Golden Vizcacha Rat
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Photo credit: Ruben Barquez   The Golden Vizcacha Rat, Pipanacoctomys aureus, is listed as ‘CRITICALLY ENDANGERED‘ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. It is known only from one small area at Salar de Pipanaco in the Catamarca province, Argentina, where it inhabits a narrow band of halophytic (salt-tolerant) plant habitat, and specializes on feeding on the halophytic plants. The main threat to...

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IUCN Species of the Day: Atlantic Sturgeon
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  Photo credit: Jean-Francois Hellio and Nicholas Van Ingen   The Atlantic Sturgeon, Acipenser sturio, is listed as ‘CRITICALLY ENDANGERED‘ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Sturgeons are one of the oldest fish families in existence, but with 85% of all sturgeon species at risk of extinction, they are also the world’s most threatened animal group. The Atlantic Sturgeon was previously abundant...

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IUCN Species of the Day:  Giant Armadillo
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  Photo credit: Carly Vynne   The Giant Armadillo, Priodontes maximus, is listed as ‘VULNERABLE’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. It is the largest living armadillo species, and occurs east of the Andes in South America, from northern Venezuela and the Guianas south to Paraguay, southern Brazil and northern Argentina. Although still widespread, the Giant Armadillo is patchily distributed and locally...

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IUCN Species of the Day: Burnup’s Hunter Slug
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  Photo credit: Dai Hurbert   Burnup’s Hunter Slug, Chlamydephorus burnupi, is listed as ‘VULNERABLE’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. This species of slug is endemic to South Africa, where it lives in the leaf-litter of mist-belt and montane Podocarpus forests, and is largely confined to the midlands and Drakensberg foothills in KwaZulu-Natal. This species faces various challenges in terms of...

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IUCN Species of the Day: Social Wrasse
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    Photo credit: Dr. Luiz Rocha   The Social Wrasse, Halichoeres socialis, is listed as ‘CRITICALLY ENDANGERED‘ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. The Social Wrasse is only found in the Pelican Cays of Belize, with a total range of less than 10 km2. This species is heavily reliant on mangrove wetlands and coral reefs for spawning as well as feeding....

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