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IUCN Species of the Day: Central American River Turtle
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  Photo credit: John Polisar   The Central American River Turtle, Dermatemys mawii, is listed as ‘CRITICALLY ENDANGERED’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM. The last remaining representative of a turtle family dating back 65 million years, this unique species reaches a shell length of up to 60 cm. It is entirely aquatic, inhabiting rivers, lagoons, and other large wetlands in southern...

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IUCN Species of the Day: Mountain Pygmy-Possum
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  Photo credit: Linda Broome   The Mountain Pygmy-possum, Burramys parvus, is listed as ‘CRITICALLY ENDANGERED’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. This is the only Australian mammal that is confined to alpine environments, being found in three isolated populations on mountain summits in southeastern Australia. The Mountain Pygmy-possum occupies a tiny area, and its populations are highly fragmented. The species’ habitat...

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IUCN Species of the Day: Cainarachi Poison Frog
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  Photo credit: Kah-Heinz Jungfer   The Cainarachi Poison Frog, Ameerega cainarachi, is listed as ‘VULNERABLE’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM. This small poison frog is found only in the Cainarachi Valley in the northern part of San Martin Department, Peru, where it is most common in the Huallaga Canyon, between elevations of 250 and 750 metres. The Cainarachi Poison Frog...

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IUCN Species of the Day: Pinta Island Tortoise
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  Photo credit: Patrick J. Endres   The Pinta Island Tortoise, Chelonoidis (nigra) abingdonii, is listed as ‘EXTINCT IN THE WILD’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM. While there is some scientific disagreement as to whether the various Galapagos tortoises represent separate species or subspecies, all agree that Lonesome George is the last surviving individual of his kind. The species was driven...

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IUCN Species of the Day: Red Serow
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  Photo credit: Gerald Cubitt   The Red Serow, Capricornis rubidus, is listed as ‘NEAR THREATENED’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. The precise distribution of this small, stocky bovid is not known, but it is thought to occur in northern and possibly also western Myanmar, as well as in Assam, India. As its name suggests, this species can be distinguished from...

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IUCN Species of the Day: Banggai Cardinalfish
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  Photo credit: Robert Meyers   The Banggai Cardinalfish, Pterapogon kauderni, is classified as ‘ENDANGERED’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. This species has a very limited range and is only found in a small island chain known as the Banggai Archipelago, in eastern Indonesia. The Banggai Cardinalfish has a striking black and white colouration and ornate fins, making it a desirable...

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