If These 10 Species Go Extinct, We’re Screwed

10. Springtails

In the human world, when a person or a pet dies, their remains are taken care of in a very sanitary, controlled way.

9. Sharks

Love 'em or hate 'em, we need sharks. Sure, they're terrifying, but nature isn't as neat and tidy as we'd like it to be.

8. Coral Reefs

Contrary to popular belief, corals are animals, not plants. Reefs are gorgeous to visit, but losing them would devastate more than just the tourism industry.

7. Cyanobacteria

Cyanobacteria can be found practically everywhere. They occasionally make an appearance on the evening news when they cause dangerous algae blooms.

6. Earthworms

If you ever feel like you're not interesting enough to matter, remember that ordinary earthworms are kind of a big deal.

5. Bats

Bats have an unfortunate reputation for spreading rabies. If you're in the club that was taught that bats were scary pests that suck your blood, let's clear a few things up.

4. Menhaden

Menhaden, the average Joe of fish species, doesn't look like much, but they're incredibly important.

3. Fungi

It's likely that mushrooms are the first thing that comes to mind when we say "fungi." 

2. Phytoplankton

 About two thirds of the oxygen in the air comes from these tiny creatures, which are more oxygen-producing than all of Earth's forests put together.

1. Bees

You know that Cards Against Humanity card that reads, "Bees?" Maybe the makers of the game were onto something.

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