threatened species

[ thret-nd spee-sheez, spee-seez ]

nounBiology, Ecology.
  1. a plant or animal species generally perceived as likely, in the near future, to become endangered within all or much of its range: The drainage of this wetland promises to leave us with a number of threatened species.

  2. a plant or animal species that has been categorized by the IUCN Red List as vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered: In evaluating the conservation status of this threatened species, we must follow closely the population growth rate.

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