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According Landscope dot org, Virginia supports a rich diversity of animals — some 737 species of vertebrates had been identified as occurring in the state. While there is no accurate count of invertebrates, one conservative estimate places the number at 30,000 terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates species. When compared with other states in the U. S., Virginia is a clear standout for biodiversity. For overall native species diversity, the Commonwealth ranks 10th for vertebrates and 8th in the U.S. for globally rare animals. The Southern Appalachians, which includes southwest Virginia, was identified as one of six biodiversity hot spots in the United States. A national leading hot spot of aquatic diversity is Virginia’s Clinch and Powell rivers. Virginia is ranked second in the U. S. for dragonfly diversity. We live in a pretty awesome place, wouldn’t you agree?