Endangered & Extinct Species

Martha Garcia-Castillo

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Star cactus (Astrophytum asterias)

  • Endangered, Listed 10/18/1993
  • Carries fruit that can grow up to be half an inch. April-June
  • Pollinators have not been recently seen.
  • 2-6 inches across 1-2 inches tall.
  • Loss of habitat threatens this species.
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Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas)

  • largest sea turtles and the only herbivore among the different species.
  • threatened by overharvesting of their eggs, hunting of adults, being caught in fishing gear and loss of nesting beach sites.
  • maintains the seagrass beds and makes them more productive
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Red Wolf (Canis Rufus)

  • weighs 45-80 pounds.
  • Exist mainly in North Carolina.
  • Became extinct 1980.
  • Hybridization with Coyotes or Red Wolf x Coyote hybrids is the primary threat to the species' persistence in the wild.