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A critically endangered Chinese giant salamander (Andrias davidianus) at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.

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A critically endangered Chinese giant salamander (Andrias davidianus) at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.

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A critically endangered Chinese giant salamander (Andrias davidianus) at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.

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A wild caught orangethroat darter (Etheostoma spectabile) in Missouri.

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African sharptooth catfish (Clarias gariepinus) at Davao Crocodile Park. This species can ‘walk’ considerable distances to get to better water sources when their body of water dries up.

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A pair of critically endangered Titicaca water frogs (Telmatobius culeus) at Museo d’Orbigny in Cochabamba Bolivia.

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A pair of critically endangered Titicaca water frogs (Telmatobius culeus) at Museo d’Orbigny in Cochabamba Bolivia.

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Sea peach, (Halocynthia aurantium), at the Alaska SeaLife Center.

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Sea peach, (Halocynthia aurantium), at the Alaska SeaLife Center.

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Critically Endangered Bandula barb (Pethia bandula) at the Plzen Zoo. This is the Photo Ark’s 9,000th species!

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A Bifurcated cave amphipod (Stygobromus bifurcatus) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.
Originally from the Robertson Windmill Well, near Salado, Texas. This species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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Ezell’s cave amphipod (Stygobromus flagellatus) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo. This species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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A Reddell’s caecidotea (Caecidotea reddelli) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo. Originally from Hidden Springs 3, in Texas.

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Peck’s cave amphipod (Stygobromus pecki) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo. Originally from the Comal Springs near New Braunfels, TX.
This species is endangered on the IUCN Red List.

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Mexican blindcat (Prietella phreatophila) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.
This species is endangered on the IUCN Red List as well as on the US Federal list.

This stygobitic catfish is known from about a dozen sites in Coahuila, Mexico and is listed as endangered in both Mexico and the United States. A single population (represented by this individual) was recently discovered in Val Verde County, Texas, after two decades of searching by cave biologists. The San Antonio Zoo Department of Conservation and Research (SAZ DOCR) maintains a captive colony of this species, including two individuals that have been in captivity for over twenty years. Members of the Blindcat Working Group (a multinational team of researchers) are exploring the geographic distribution and population genetics of this species using eDNA, Next Generation sequencing, and boots-on-the-ground field efforts.

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Mexican blindcat (Prietella phreatophila) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.
This species is endangered on the IUCN Red List as well as on the US Federal list.

This stygobitic catfish is known from about a dozen sites in Coahuila, Mexico and is listed as endangered in both Mexico and the United States. A single population (represented by this individual) was recently discovered in Val Verde County, Texas, after two decades of searching by cave biologists. The San Antonio Zoo Department of Conservation and Research (SAZ DOCR) maintains a captive colony of this species, including two individuals that have been in captivity for over twenty years. Members of the Blindcat Working Group (a multinational team of researchers) are exploring the geographic distribution and population genetics of this species using eDNA, Next Generation sequencing, and boots-on-the-ground field efforts.

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A Salado salamander (Eurycea chisholmensis) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo. This species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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A Salado salamander (Eurycea chisholmensis) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo. This species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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A Salado salamander (Eurycea chisholmensis) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo. This species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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A Salado salamander (Eurycea chisholmensis) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo. This species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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Western lesser siren (Siren intermedia nettingi) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.

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Western lesser siren (Siren intermedia nettingi) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.

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Western lesser siren (Siren intermedia nettingi) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.

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Western lesser siren (Siren intermedia nettingi) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.

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A rough-footed mud turtle (Kinosternon hirtipes murrayi) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.

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A rough-footed mud turtle (Kinosternon hirtipes murrayi) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.

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A rough-footed mud turtle (Kinosternon hirtipes murrayi) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.

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A rough-footed mud turtle (Kinosternon hirtipes murrayi) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.

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Purple vamprie crab (Geosesarma dennerle) from a private collection.

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Purple vamprie crab (Geosesarma dennerle) from a private collection.

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Galaxy tiger shrimp (Caridina mariae) from a private collection.

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Galaxy tiger shrimp (Caridina mariae) from a private collection.

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Leopard tiger shrimp (Caridina rubropunctata) from a private collection.

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Leopard tiger shrimp (Caridina rubropunctata) from a private collection.

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