Least-concern species

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Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris, the Capybara, is a species with a conservation status of least concern
Lower Risk

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A least-concern species is a species that has been categorized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as evaluated as not being a focus of species conservation because the specific species is still plentiful in the wild. They do not qualify as threatened, near threatened, or (before 2001) conservation dependent.

Alces alces
) is an example of a least concern species.

Species cannot be assigned the "Least Concern" category unless they have had their population status evaluated. That is, adequate information is needed to make a direct, or indirect, assessment of its risk of extinction based on its distribution or population status.


Since 2001 the category has had the abbreviation "LC", following the IUCN 2001 Categories & Criteria (version 3.1).

(3261 of 15,636) in the IUCN database still use the code "LR/lc", which indicates they have not been re-evaluated since 2000.

Number of species

While "least concern" is not considered a red listed category by the IUCN, the 2006

protista have the classification, though only four species in those kingdoms have been evaluated by the IUCN. Humans were formally assessed[3]
as a species of least concern in 2008.

List of LC species

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ "2001 Categories & Criteria (version 3.1)" (PDF). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 January 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Philautus sp. nov. 'Kalpatta'". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 19 December 2006.
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