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Guinea-Bissau is a West-African country rich in biodiversity.



Main article: List of mammals of Guinea-Bissau


There still is much debate about the status of many predator species in Guinea-Bissau. This is, in part, because much of the country remains unstudied, and because of the cryptic nature of many predator species. The lion, for instance, was listed as possibly extinct in Guinea-Bissau during the 2014 assessment of the lion by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.[1] However, a picture of a lion was still recorded by a camera trap in 2016 the southeastern Boé region.[2]




Main article: List of birds of Guinea-Bissau


Marine life

The tropical marine environment of Guinea-Bissau has a high diversity of sea life, notably in and around the Bijagós Archipelago. Fishes include the African butter catfish, Malapterurus occidentalis, Parablennius sierraensis (combtooth blenny), five Synodontis catfish species including annectens, ansorgii, nigrita, schall and waterloti, the three-banded butterflyfish and Trachinus pellegrini. Turtles are also dominant especially the West African mud turtle.


See also


  1. ^ Bauer, H., Packer, C., Funston, P.F., Henschel, P. & Nowell, K. 2016. Panthera leo (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T15951A115130419. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T15951A107265605.en.
  2. ^ Breider, Menno J.; Goedmakers, Annemarie; Wit, Piet; Niezing, Gerco S.; Sila, Amadu (2016). "Recent records of wild cats in the Boé sector of Guinea Bissau" (PDF). CATnews. 63: 15–17.