News – AU – Australia: 13 more species are now extinct

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An undated flyer photo of Conrad Hoskin of James Cook University in Queensland, released on Jan. Released October 2013, it shows a new shadow skink in the rugged Cape Melville mountain range on the northeastern Australian peninsula of Cape York
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Australia has officially confirmed the extinction of 13 species endemic to the country, including 12 mammals and the first reptile to be extinct since the end of European colonization

Australia has officially confirmed the extinction of 13 species endemic to the country, including 12 mammals and the first reptile to be extinct since the end of European colonization

The country is increasingly becoming the capital of mammal extinction as at least 34 species have perished in the country

Most of these extinctions are no surprise, as many of them disappeared between the 1850s and 1950s. Of the 13 species, only two were lost in the last decade – both belong to Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean, according to The Guardian

The last Christmas Island pipistrelle – a bat species – died in 2009. The first extinct Australian reptile died in 2014 – the Christmas Island forest skink With these new influences in the long list of Australian extinctions, over 10 percent of the 320 mammals are from who were known to inhabit Australia in 1788, now extinct

Among the mammals now extinct are the desert bettong, the ibex rabbit-rat, the striped bandicoot of the Liverpool Plains, the marl, the bandaroot with nullarbor-barred, the blue-gray mouse, the flying fox Percey Island and the nullarbor dwarf Bettong and the broad-cheeked hopping mouse

Scientists believe the extinction was caused by feral cats, which are a predatory species, and it is also possible that the event was triggered by the destruction of their habitats, including fire

The government has listed 100 species that are endemic to Australia and not extinct, but scientists believe the actual number is likely to be at least ten times higher

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