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The eye of a Fiji Island crested iguana (Brachylophus vitiensis), a critically endangered reptile at the Taronga Zoo.

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Details of the Auckland Civic Theatre in downtown Auckland, New Zealand.

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A Mertens’ water monitor (Varanus mertensi) at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo.

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A close up of the wing of a federally endangered Cape Sable seaside sparrow, Ammodramus maritimus mirabilis. This bird is down to about 2,000 individuals and declining, with nearly all found within Everglades National Park in south Florida.

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A zig-zag spider (Neoscona cooksoni) on Floreana Island, in Galapagos National Park. The zig-zag is a species endemic to the Galapagos.

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A very ill, critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

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A zig-zag spider (Neoscona cooksoni) on North Seymour, in Galapagos National Park. The zig-zag is a species endemic to the Galapagos.

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Close up of a Galapagos Land Iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) on North Seymour Island, part of Galapagos National Park.

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The extinct Xerces blue butterfly (Glaucopsyche xerces). This photo was taken at the Maguire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Gainesville, FL. This is located on the campus of the University of Florida and is part of the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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The federally endangered hairy rattleweed (Baptisia arachnifera) at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

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The flower of a blooming Stern’s medlar bush (Mespilus canescens). This is one of the rarest plants in the U.S. This plant is now reduced to just 25 specimens in two locations. This one is located on the grounds of the Missouri Botanical Gardens.

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Critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered Cumberlandian combshell (Epioblasma brevidens). It has lures that look like fish eggs on top that are used to attract fish. When a fish strikes at the lures, the mussels then eject their larvae into the fish’s gills and are able to increase their distribution, even upstream. The Clinch River has more federally listed aquatic species than any river in North America, yet is threatened by pollution and habitat loss. Coal mining in the watershed now raises the threat even more.

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Critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered Cumberlandian combshell (Epioblasma brevidens). It has lures that look like fish eggs on top that are used to attract fish. When a fish strikes at the lures, the mussels then eject their larvae into the fish’s gills and are able to increase their distribution, even upstream. The Clinch River has more federally listed aquatic species than any river in North America, yet it is threatened by pollution and habitat loss. Coal mining in the watershed now raises the threat even more.

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A rough rabbit’s foot, Quadrula cylindrica strigilatta

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Critically endangered (IUCN) Chuckey madtom (Noturus crypticus), one of only 14 specimens ever to be collected, at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center. This fish has not been listed due to lack of funding even though it is one of the rarest fish in North America.

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Yellowfin madtoms (Noturus flavipinnis) a vulnerable (IUCN) and federally threatened species at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center.

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Yellowfin madtoms (Noturus flavipinnis) a vulnerable (IUCN) and federally threatened species at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center.

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Barrens topminnow (Fundulus julisia) at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center. This species is endangered (IUCN). It is only found in the Barrens Plateau in middle Tennessee, making it one of the rarest fish in eastern North America.

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Spotfin chubs (Erimonax monachus) at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center. This species is federally listed as threatened.

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A female slackwater darter (Etheostoma boschungi), an endangered (IUCN) and federally threatened species, at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center.

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Slackwater darters (Etheostoma boschungi), an endangered (IUCN) federally threatened species, at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center. The male is colorful and much larger than the female.

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Slackwater darters (Etheostoma boschungi), an endangered (IUCN) federally threatened species, at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center. The male is colorful and much larger than the female.

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Vulnerable (IUCN) citico darters (Etheostoma sitikuense) at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center.

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Relict darter (Etheostoma chienense) a federally threatened species at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center.

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The fin of a relict darter (Etheostoma chienense) a federally threatened species at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center.

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Relict darters (Etheostoma chienense) a federally threatened species at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center.

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Relict darters (Etheostoma chienense) a federally threatened species at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center.

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Slackwater darters (Etheostoma boschungi), an endangered (IUCN) federally threatened species, at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center. The male is colorful and much larger than the female.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) citico darter (Etheostoma sitikuense) at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center.

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An endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered slackwater darter (Etheostoma boschungi) at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center.

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Vulnerable (IUCN) and federally endangered boulder darters (Etheostoma wapiti) at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) and federally endangered Boulder darter (Etheostoma wapiti) at Conservation Fisheries.

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Vulnerable (IUCN) and federally endangered boulder darters (Etheostoma wapiti) at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center.

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