The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (2009) was released on 3 Nov 2009. According to the list, 17,291 species out of 47,677 assessed are in danger of extinction. This is about one third of the number assessed. For details on the 2009 list, please visit the IUCN website.
Our very own contributed to the 2009 list. They include RMBR Director Professor Peter Ng and DBS Instructor Dr Darren Yeo who contributed to the findings on Crabs while Dr Tan Heok Hui contributed to the data on Freshwater fish. Our research associate Dr Maurice Kottelat also lent his expertise to the Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment. The full list of contributors are here.
The Betta pinguis is known only from the middle Kapuas River basin in Indonesia. It is listed as Vulnerable in the 2009 IUCN Red List.
[Photograph by Tan Heok Hui]