This Giant Australian Cuttlefish (Sepia apama) is an example of one of more than 1900 species newly recorded on the 2012.1 IUCN Red List.
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Credit: Oz Rittner
The Hula Painted Frog (Discoglossus nigriventer), on the Critically Endangered list, was rediscovered this year.
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The King is at risk
Credit: Bosse Jonsson
The King Cobra (Ophiophagus Hannah), listed as vulnerable due to loss of habitat and over exploitation for medicinal purposes, is the world's largest venomous snake.
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Credit: Jana Leong-Skornickova
This Candy Cane Ginger (Curcuma rhabdota), listed as vulnerable, is a relative of turmeric.
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Prepared to hide
Credit: Joe Wu
This Leopard Whipray (Himantura leopard) is a commercially valuable species threatened by extensive habitat degradation and heavy fishing pressures.
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Spines at the ready
Credit: Scott Trageser
The Nolasco Spiny-tailed Iguana (Ctenosaura nolascensis) is an example of more than 1900 species newly recorded on the 2012.1 IUCN Red List.
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Ready for flight
Credit: Wikimedia Commons, user: Siga
The Two-tailed Pasha (Charaxes jasius) is Least Concern on the European Red List of Butterflies.
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Credit: Chris Sloan
The Pink-throated Brilliant (Heliodoxa gularis) is a vulnerable member of the Hummingbird family which is known for its pollination services.
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