Examples of endemic species


The Galapagos giant tortoise is endemic to the island. They are only found in the Galapagos Islands.

An endemic is an animal or plant that only lives in a certain area. One then says: "This animal or plant is endemic to this area". Such an area can be very small, for example an island or a canyon. There are also animals or plants that are endemic to an entire continent, for example the New World monkeys in South America.

There are many known endemics in the world. A famous example are the Galapagos tortoises, which are unique to the Galapagos Islands. They belong to the giant tortoises. The kiwi birds in New Zealand are also known to many people. The clothes birds are less well known. They belong to the finch family and live exclusively in Hawaii. Pandas, on the other hand, only live in the wild in a small part of China.

We also have endemics, for example the Baden giant earthworm from the southern Black Forest, which is over thirty centimeters long. The Bavarian spoonwort only grows in Bavaria. In some Austrian pine forests you can still find the anemomic jewelery basket, a particularly pretty flower. The rich gentian is a special type of gentian that only blooms in the Swiss Alps.

Endemics are more threatened with extinction than other animals and plants. They are often threatened because a habitat is lost. The smaller this is, the greater the risk.

There are also other search results for “Endemite” from Blinde Kuh and Ask Finn.

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