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Indicator: Species status

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The status of 1909 (ca. 5% of all species occurring in Flanders) has currently been documented. Knowledge on the status of Flemish biodiversity is strongly biased towards vascular plants, the status of which has been described for 58-70%. The status of invertebrates remains largely undocumented, with the status descriptions only available for 2% of species. From the species assessed, 7% have recently become regionally extinct and 24% have been listed as threatened (critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable). Butterflies are among the most threatened with 29% categorized as extinct and 27% as critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable. A relatively large number of the fish and lampreys, grasshoppers and crickets, amphibians and reptiles are threatened as well. Among vascular plants, breeding birds, waterbugs and dragonflies, a smaller number of species was listed as extinct or threatened. Red List data of fungi, mammals, ants, spiders, dolichopodids and empidids are excluded from this analysis due to an actual the lack of sufficient data.


Luc De Bruyn

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Biodiversity Indicators, 2013. Species: Species status. Research Institute for Nature and Forest, Brussels. (updated 16-10-2013).

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