31 Aug '12, 4am

Biodiversity faltering: 20% of invertebrates threatened with extinction

Biodiversity faltering: 20% of invertebrates threatened with extinction

Jeremy Hance mongabay.com August 31, 2012 Schoenherr's blue weevil (Eupholus schoenherri) a spectacular blue and turquoise beetle from Indonesian New Guinea. Photo by Rhett A. Butler. Twenty percent of invertebrates are at risk of extinction, according to a new report that looks at the 12,621 invertebrates assessed by the IUCN Red List to date. Although invertebrates never garner the same conservation attention as big, charismatic animals such as tigers and elephants, they play an undeniable role in maintaining healthy ecosystems. In addition, since invertebrates make-up 80 percent of the world's species, the report raises new concerns about global biodiversity decline. "We knew that roughly one fifth of vertebrates and plants were threatened with extinction, but it was not clear if this was representative of the small spineless creatures that make up the majority of life ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0831-hance-invertebrates.html

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