The World Conservation Union (IUCN) lists one species of smelts, galaxiids, and their relatives as Extinct, four as Critically Endangered, one as Endangered, nine as Vulnerable, and five as Lower Risk/Near Threatened. Extinct means no longer in existence. Critically Endangered means facing extremely high risk of extinction in the wild in the near future. Endangered means facing very high risk of extinction in the wild in the near future. Vulnerable means facing high risk of extinction in the wild. Low Risk/Near Threatened means at risk of becoming threatened with extinction in the future. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services lists one species as Threatened, or likely to become endangered in the near future.
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