List of Endangered species in South Korea

This is a list of Endangered species in South Korea according to the IUCN Red List.

This list was last updated 2019-09-14


This list contains only species that have been assessed for the IUCN Red List. It is therefore not representative of all the species in the country.

Species counts by country: Total | Amphibians | Birds | Fish | Mammals | Reptiles | Vascular Plants.

Abies koreana Korean Fir 31244 EN
Zostera geojeensis Species code: Zg 173345 EN
Namkungia biryongensis Biryong Rock-crawler 88035265 EN
Fraxinus chiisanensis 13188447 EN
Hynobius unisacculus 119241824 EN
Asiagomphus coreanus 67009769 EN
Abeliophyllum distichum White Forsythia 13188339 EN
Hynobius yangi Yangi Salamander 136179 EN
Dryophytes suweonensis Suweon Treefrog 55670 EN
Iris koreana 13188476 EN
Corylopsis coreana Korean Winter Hazel 72136190 EN


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Species are classified by the IUCN Red List into nine groups:
  • Extinct (EX) – beyond reasonable doubt that the species is no longer extant.
  • Extinct in the wild (EW) – survives only in captivity, cultivation and/or outside native range, as presumed after exhaustive surveys.
  • Critically endangered (CR) – in a particularly and extremely critical state.
  • Endangered (EN) – very high risk of extinction in the wild, meets any of criteria A to E for Endangered.
  • Vulnerable (VU) – meets one of the 5 red list criteria and thus considered to be at high risk of unnatural (human-caused) extinction without further human intervention.
  • Near threatened (NT) – close to being at high risk of extinction in the near future.
  • Least concern (LC) – unlikely to become extinct in the near future.
  • Data deficient (DD)
  • Not evaluated (NE)