Images: Endangered Species of the 'Red List'

Lives depend on it

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(Image 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

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(Image credit: Stanley Shea)

In the Near Threatened status, this is a female Camouflage Grouper (Epinephelus polyphekadion) fat with ripe eggs ready to spawn in a spawning aggregation. These are very vulnerable to fishing.

Chillin' on the rocks

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(Image credit: Roger Hanlon)

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.

Surprise showing

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(Image credit: Oz Rittner)

The Hula Painted Frog (Discoglossus nigriventer), on the Critically Endangered list, was rediscovered this year.

The King is at risk

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(Image 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.

Spicy beauty

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(Image credit: Jana Leong-Skornickova)

This Candy Cane Ginger (Curcuma rhabdota), listed as vulnerable, is a relative of turmeric.

Prepared to hide

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(Image credit: Joe Wu)

This Leopard Whipray (Himantura leopard) is a commercially valuable species threatened by extensive habitat degradation and heavy fishing pressures.

Spines at the ready

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(Image 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.

Ready for flight

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(Image credit: Wikimedia Commons, user: Siga)

The Two-tailed Pasha (Charaxes jasius) is Least Concern on the European Red List of Butterflies.

Fancy frock

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(Image credit: Chris Sloan)

The Pink-throated Brilliant (Heliodoxa gularis) is a vulnerable member of the Hummingbird family which is known for its pollination services.