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* Around 200 endemic plants of Sri Lanka threatened with extinction
Wed, Dec 19, 2012, 12:17 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 19, Colombo: Around 200 endemic plants of Sri Lanka are prone to extinction while 72 plant species have already disappeared, the newly issued report on Sri Lanka's Flora and Fauna reveals.

Sri Lankan Minister of Environment Anura Priyadarshana Yapa presented the National Red List of Flora and Fauna of Sri Lanka 2012 at Waters Edge yesterday (18).

The list contains a total of 2,264 evaluated fauna species including 936 endemics and 3,492 evaluated flora species including 943 endemics.

National Red List 2012 was compiled by Biodiversity Secretariat of the Environment Ministry in collaboration with the National Herbarium and Department of National Botanic Gardens.

Speaking at the ceremony Minister Yapa said it was deemed necessary to update the National Red List since, a lot of information has become available on the fauna and flora of Sri Lanka and many new species have been discovered during the last five years.

The first national list of threatened flora of Sri Lanka was prepared by Prof. B.A. Abeywickrema in 1987 and since then the list has been updated on a regular basis during the last two decades.

The 2012 Red List has included lesser known faunal groups such as the dung beetles, corals, echinoderms, centipedes, marine fish, bivalves and gastropods to spark the interest among students ad scientists to explore the new areas of study.



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