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New Zealand has more species of what than anywhere else in the world?

Question #148609. Asked by Otonga.
Last updated Aug 14 2021.
Originally posted Aug 12 2021 7:41 PM.

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Answer has 9 votes.

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Flightless birds. 16 to be exact.


I also read somewhere that it could be penguins but I couldn't find anything definitive.

Aug 12 2021, 10:06 PM
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The New Zealand Department of Conservation states on its website:
Thirteen of the world's 18 penguin species have been recorded in the New Zealand region (including the Ross Dependency). Nine of these species breed here.


Aug 14 2021, 3:01 AM
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Another source to support hypatia415's answer. The article notes that New Zealand's 16 species of flightless birds (out of 60 species worldwide) is the most -- but just a few hundred years ago, NZ had 32 such species. Darn terrestrial mammals:

Aug 14 2021, 6:16 PM
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