12 Indigenous Animal Species of Pakistan 

native fauna of Pakistan

The indigenous animal species of Pakistan include a diverse variety of animals. Some animals are endemic to Pakistan only. Baluchistan, one of the provinces of Pakistan holds a wide range of animals that are only found in that area. The indigenous animal species include mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, flying and crawling insects, and fishes.

The presence of animal species depends on the climatic conditions of that area. Due to the impacts of climate change and habitat destruction, many animal species of Pakistan are vulnerable to extinction. Below, 12 indigenous animal species of Pakistan are listed with a local name, scientific name, IUCN status, and a photo along with the location. The Official National Bird of Pakistan Chukar (Alectoris chukar) is also included in the list.

There is an article about 12 Vulnerable and Endangered Animal Species of Pakistan. Any missing indigenous animal species can be found in the linked article.

 

1. CHUKAR PATRIDGE

Common English Name: Chukar partridge

Scientific names: Alectoris chukar

Local Names: Chukar

ICUN Status: Least Concern

Location: Azad and Jammu Kashmir, Baluchistan

native fauna of Pakistan

2. WOOLY FLYING SQUIRREL

Common English Name: Woolly Flying Squirrel

Scientific names: Eupetaurus cinereus

ICUN Status: Endangered

Location: Northern Pakistan

 

3. HIMALAYAN MAHSEER

Common English Name: Himalayan Mahseer

Scientific names: Tor putitora

Local Names: Mahseer

ICUN Status: Endangered

Location: Azad Kashmir, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

 

4. INDUS VALLEY TOAD

Common English Name: Indus Valley toad, Indian marbled toad, Punjab Toad

Scientific names: Duttaphrynus stomaticus

ICUN Status: Least Concern

Location: Punjab and Sindh

 

5. PEREGRINE FALCON

Common English Name: Peregrine falcon

Scientific names: Falco peregrinus peregrinator

Local Names: Shaheen

ICUN Status: Least Concern

Location: Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

6. MUGGER CROCODILE

Common English Name: Mugger crocodile

Scientific names: Crocodylus palustris

Local Names: Magarmach

ICUN Status: Vulnerable

Location: Baluchistan

7. HIMALAYAN PURPLE EMPEROR BUTTERFLY

Common English Name: Indian Purple Emperor, Himalayan Purple Emperor

Scientific names: Mimathyma ambica

ICUN Status: Not Evaluated

Location: Northern Pakistan, Azad, and Jammu Kashmir

8. BATURA TOAD

Common English Name: Batura toad, Batura Glacier toad

Scientific names: Bufotes pseudoraddei

Local Names: Swati Gauk

ICUN Status: Least Concern

Location: Northern Pakistan

 

9. INDUS CATFISH

Common English Name: Indus Catfish

Scientific names: Mystus horai

Local Names: Singara fish

ICUN Status: Vulnerable

Location: Indus River

 

10. BALOCHISTAN FOREST DORMOUSE

Common English Name: Balochistan Forest Dormouse

Scientific names: Dryomys niethammeri

ICUN Status: Endangered

Location: Baluchistan

 

11. INDIAN RED SCORPION

Common English Name: Indian Red Scorpion

Scientific names: Hottentotta tamulus

Local Names: Laal Bichoo

ICUN Status: Not Evaluated

Location: Eastern Pakistan

12. RED SAND BOA

Common English Name: Red Sand Boa, Indian Red Sand Boa

Scientific names: Eryx johnii

Local Names: Domuhi sanp

ICUN Status: Near threatened

Location: Southern Punjab

The varied climatic conditions of Pakistan make habitats for many animal species. There are more species present in northern Pakistan that are yet to be discovered. However, these indigenous animal species must be taken care of due to their unique availability in Pakistan.

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