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Lives depend on it
Credit: IUCN Photo Library © Jason Suwandy
More than 275 million people are dependent on coral reefs for food, coastal protection and livelihoods.
Ready to spawn
Credit: Stanley Shea
In the Near Threatened status, this is a female Camouflage Grouper (
) fat with ripe eggs ready to spawn in a spawning aggregation.
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These are very vulnerable to fishing.
Chillin' on the rocks
Credit: Roger Hanlon
This Giant Australian Cuttlefish (
) is an example of one of more than 1900 species newly recorded on the 2012.1 IUCN Red List.
Credit: Oz Rittner
The Hula Painted Frog (
), on the Critically Endangered list, was rediscovered this year.
The King is at risk
Credit: Bosse Jonsson
The King Cobra (
), listed as vulnerable due to loss of habitat and over exploitation for medicinal purposes, is the world's largest venomous snake.
Credit: Jana Leong-Skornickova
This Candy Cane Ginger (
), listed as vulnerable, is a relative of turmeric.
Prepared to hide
Credit: Joe Wu
This Leopard Whipray (
) is a commercially valuable species threatened by extensive habitat degradation and heavy fishing pressures.
Spines at the ready
Credit: Scott Trageser
The Nolasco Spiny-tailed Iguana (
) is an example of more than 1900 species newly recorded on the 2012.1 IUCN Red List.
Ready for flight
Credit: Wikimedia Commons, user: Siga
The Two-tailed Pasha (
) is Least Concern on the European Red List of Butterflies.
Credit: Chris Sloan
The Pink-throated Brilliant (
) is a vulnerable member of the Hummingbird family which is known for its pollination services.
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