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Herbivores are most at risk of extinction

Herbivorous animal species are most at risk of extinction, compared to predators and omnivores, an international study by British and American scientists cited by France Press and The Associated Press found.
The greatest risk is to herbivores, such as turtles, and to large sized herbivores, such as elephants. The trend is valid for all kinds of habitat, from forests to deserts. Scientists have analysed the fate of over 24,500 animal species - alive and dead, BTA reports.

The authors of the study are from several universities, including those from Utah and London's Imperial College. Specialists point out that it is widespread that the most endangered on our planet are predators. This is due to the fact that their hunting territories are quite extensive, and the growth of their populations is weak. Numerous studies have focused in the past on the fate of charismatic predators who are indeed in danger.

But in fact, herbivores are at greatest risk, with a quarter of them threatened with extinction as a species. In the words of the study's main author Trisha Atwood, the most worrying thing is that 100 percent of marine herbivores are endangered. Herbivores are the most numerous on the list of forever extinct from the face of the Earth. But under great threat are also ocean predators.

What is the reason for the vulnerability of herbivores? Scientists say invasive species, such as rats, insects and some plants, harm herbivores more than predators and omnivores.

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