International Union for the Conservation of
Nature (IUCN) has updated its Red List. The list has assessed the extinction
risk of almost 106,000 species.
27% of the assessed species are threatened and
at a risk of extinction. More than 7,000 species from around the world were
added to the endangered category of the Red List in the latest update.
According to IUCN, Wedgefishes and giant
guitarfishes, known collectively as Rhino Rays are now the most imperilled marine
fish families on Earth.
Further, seven species of primate are closer to
extinction on the new list, including the Roloway Monkey of Cote d’Ivoire and
The Red List, produced by the IUCN, is the most
authoritative assessment of the status of species.
There are 9 categories in the Red List: a) Extinct,
b) Extinct in the Wild, c) Critically Endangered, d) Endangered, e) Vulnerable,
f) Near Threatened, g) Least Concern, h) Data Deficient and i) Not Evaluated.
Among the categories, Critically Endangered
(CR), Endangered (EN) and Vulnerable (VU) species are considered to be
threatened with extinction