Summary of findings from The 2019 Red List of Finnish species

IUCN classification and breakdown of Finnish species into IUCN categories

Breakdown of species evaluated in 2019 into IUCN categories


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Coverage of the assessment

Of the approximately 48,000 species in Finland, 36,604 species have been evaluated in this assessment. The actual assessment of threatened species, which classifies species according to their risk of extinction, ranging from LC (Least Concern, usually implies widespread and abundant taxa), to CR (Critically Endangered), or RE (Regionally Extinct), or listed as DD (Data Deficient / poorly known), covers altogether 22,418 species.

New groups included are sponges, Cnidarians, Bryozoans (moss animals), Priapulid worms and Nemertean worms. Additionally, crustaceans have not been assessed in their entirety since 2000, but are included now. Moreover, algae are assessed more comprehensively than in 2010. Yet, some of the previously evaluated groups have been excluded this time.

Threatened species by habitat

The species assessment uses a national classification scheme for habitats and has pursued to define at least the primary habitat for each species. A primary habitat has been recognized for each species in the assessment in the categories from Least Concern (LC) to Critically Endangered (CR), and, where possible, for Regionally Extinct species (RE) and Data Deficient species (DD).

Globally threatened species

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) maintains “The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species”, where all species are listed in accordance with the current Red List system, including species assigned to the category Least Concern (LC). A total of 106 species found in Finland are included in the IUCN global Red List in the categories RE, CR-NT, and DD. Of these, 39 species are globally threatened.

Published 2019-10-25 at 14:35, updated 2019-10-23 at 15:30