Ten species could soon be added to Australia’s list of extinct fauna, including a Queensland frog that was last seen in 1990.
The federal government’s scientific advisory body is assessing whether to add nine mammals and the mountain mistfrog to its list of native animal species considered extinct under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
If declared extinct, the number of extinct species on the EPBC fauna list will grow by almost 20%, and the number of extinct mammals by one-third, with scientists saying it demonstrates Australia’s extinction record is worse than currently recognised.
Seven of the mammals are species considered to have died out between the 1800s and the 1950s, and which were discovered through small piles of fossil remains. MORE
Header Image: The Christmas Island pipistrelle, one of 10 animals that could be added to the list of extinct Australian fauna. Credit: Lindy Lumsden.