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21,000 species at risk of extinction

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A freshwater shrimp, an island-dwelling lizard and a pupfish from Arizona have been declared extinct, while nearly 21,000 species are at risk of dying out, an updated "Red List" showed. 

Photo illustration. The Red List of Threatened Species to date has assessed 70,294 of the world's 1.82 million known species of plants and animals.

"The overall picture is alarming," said Jane Smart of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which is behind the Red List of Threatened Species that to date has assessed 70,294 of the world's 1.82 million known species of plants and animals.

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