A few weeks ago, my colleague Colin Lawton from the NUI Galway zoology department wrote about the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and the IUCN’s work Saving Species. As a mammal expert, Colin mostly illustrated his piece with mammals. At the time I said I would do a follow up on endangered invertebrates.
What’s an Invertebrate?
Invertebrates are animals without backbones, and include animals like snails, insects, starfishes, and jellyfishes. Invertebrates are often overlooked but they are massively important – just think of the work bees do pollinating our crops.
In the last few years, there’s been a big effort within the scientific community to better document the threats to ‘little’ species and now you can go to the IUCN website and find out all sorts of details about Critically Endangered invertebrates. So why not download our worksheet, that takes you through the steps to find some of the coolest, most wonderful, but critically endangered invertebrates on our planet.