Australia confirms extinction of 13 more species, including first reptile since colonisation

Exposing the Big Game

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/mar/03/australia-confirms-extinction-of-13-more-species-including-first-reptile-since-colonisation

Christmas Island forest skink and 12 mammals on list, which also includes the desert bettong, broad-cheeked hopping mouse and Nullarbor barred bandicoot

The Christmas Island forest skink is the first reptile known to have gone extinct in Australia since European colonisation.
The Christmas Island forest skink is the first reptile known to have gone extinct in Australia since European colonisation. More than 10% of the 320 land mammals known to have lived in Australia in 1788 are extinct.Photograph: Hal Cogger

Adam MortonEnvironment editor@adamlmortonWed 3 Mar 2021 00.15 EST

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The Australian government has officially acknowledged the extinction of 13 endemic species, including 12 mammals and the first reptile known to have been lost since European colonisation.

The addition of the dozen mammal species confirms Australia’s unenviable position as the world’s capital for mammal extinction, lifting the total number of mammals known to have died out to 34.

None of the 13 is a surprise. All but one of the mammal extinctions is historic, with most…

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