Some 402 new species facing extinction have been added to the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), says a report released on Wednesday at COP 11, the biodiversity conference being held in Hyderabad. India ranked seven in struggling to protect the species on the list.
Air-breathing snails known as Little Flat Top, found in Alabama (US), and the island-dwelling cockroach (Seychelles) have recently moved into the extinct list.
The report revealed that 83 per cent of Madagascar’s palms are threatened with extinction, putting the livelihoods of local people at risk. The Suicide Palm, which grows up to 60 feet and dies a few months after flowering and producing seeds, is among them.