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The world's most endangered penguins

Chart: conservation status of the world's penguins
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The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species evaluates the conservation status of plant and animal species. The list is based on scientific assessment of an organism's status by experts.

Conservation status of the world's penguins

Species comprising the chart above include:

FamilyScientific nameCommon name(s)Red List statusPopulation trend
SPHENISCIDAEEudyptes moseleyiNorthern Rockhopper PenguinENdecreasing
SPHENISCIDAEEudyptes sclateriBig-crested Penguin, Erect-crested PenguinENdecreasing
SPHENISCIDAEMegadyptes antipodesYellow-eyed PenguinENdecreasing
SPHENISCIDAESpheniscus demersusAfrican Penguin, Black-footed Penguin, Jackass PenguinENdecreasing
SPHENISCIDAESpheniscus mendiculusGalapagos Penguin, Galápagos PenguinENdecreasing
SPHENISCIDAEEudyptes chrysocomeRockhopper Penguin, Southern Rockhopper PenguinVUdecreasing
SPHENISCIDAEEudyptes chrysolophusMacaroni PenguinVUdecreasing
SPHENISCIDAEEudyptes pachyrhynchusFiordland Crested Penguin, Fiordland PenguinVUdecreasing
SPHENISCIDAEEudyptes robustusSnares Crested Penguin, Snares Islands Penguin, Snares PenguinVUstable
SPHENISCIDAEEudyptes schlegeliRoyal PenguinVUstable
SPHENISCIDAESpheniscus humboldtiHumboldt Penguin, Peruvian PenguinVUdecreasing
SPHENISCIDAEAptenodytes forsteriEmperor PenguinNTstable
SPHENISCIDAEPygoscelis adeliaeAdelie PenguinNTincreasing
SPHENISCIDAEPygoscelis papuaGentoo PenguinNTdecreasing
SPHENISCIDAESpheniscus magellanicusMagellanic PenguinNTdecreasing
SPHENISCIDAEAptenodytes patagonicusKing PenguinLCincreasing
SPHENISCIDAEEudyptula minorBlue Penguin, Fairy Penguin, Little PenguinLCdecreasing
SPHENISCIDAEPygoscelis antarcticusChinstrap PenguinLCincreasing

This table and chart was last updated on August 8, 2012, based on data downloaded from the IUCN Red List site. For a species profile, click on its scientific name.

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