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The Updated Japanese Red Lists on Mammals, Brackish-water/Freshwater Fishes, Insects, Shellfish, and Plants I & II

August 3, 2007

The Ministry of the Environment released the updated Red Lists on Mammals, Brackish-water/Freshwater Fishes, Insects, Shellfish, Plants I (Vascular Plants) & II (Nonvascular Plants) based on the review of the endangered wild fauna and flora conducted since 2002.
The number of endangered species (CR, EN and VU) changed as follows:
Mammals: 42 species (previously 48 species)
Brackish-water / Freshwater Fishes: 144 species (previously 76 species)
Insects: 239 species (previously 171 species)
Shellfish: 377 species (previously 251 species)
Plants I: 1,690 species (previously 1,665 species)
Plants II: 463 species (previously 329 species)

A total number of 2,955 species (previously 2,540 species) in the above six taxonomic categories were listed.

With the additional four categories that went through the review process in December 2006, the review of all ten categories has now been completed.

As a result, the total number of the endangered species listed in the Japanese Red Lists in the entire ten taxonomic categories reached 3,155 (previously 2,694.)

The Ministry of the Environment will take further conservation measures as needed, including publicizing these new red lists.

*The Japanese Red List categories and the IUCN's categories are basically the same. However the Japanese list does not have a category of "Least Concern (LC)." And the Japanese list contains an original category, "Local Population (LP.)"


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