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Australia's Most Endangered Species - Australian Geographic

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"Losing any one species is a tragedy, but what is even more concerning is the loss of a species' ecological role following its extinction," says Euan. "If we were to lose dingoes, as an example, we also lose their ability to control pest species...

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Jenny Dooley (830)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 9:54 pm
Pictured is the orange-bellied parrot (Neophema chrysogaster) is one of Australia's most endangered species

Jenny Dooley (830)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 10:12 pm
Australia's 10 most critically endangered species
1. Southern corroboree frog - Pseudophryne corroboree : Critically Endangered
2. Margaret River burrowing crayfish - Engaewa pseudoreducta: Critically Endangered
3. Lord Howe Island phasmid - Dryococelus australis: Critically Endangered
4. Bornemissza's stag beetle - Hoplogonus bornemisszai: critically endangered
5. Derwent River sea star - Marginaster littoralis: critically endangered
6. Southern bent-wing bat - Miniopterus schreibersii bassanii: critically endangered
7. Orange-bellied parrot - Neophema chrysogaster: Critically Endangered
8. Short-nosed sea snake - Aipysurus apraefrontalis: Critically Endangered
9. Red-finned blue-eye fish - Scaturiginichthys vermeilipinnis: Critically Endangered
10. Armoured mist frog - Litoria lorica: Critically Endangered

Sunday October 7, 2012, 10:41 pm
noted with hope...
Thank you, Thubten.

Past Member (0)
Monday October 8, 2012, 12:44 am

Past Member (0)
Monday October 8, 2012, 6:58 am
Thanks sad that mankind is responsible for pushing so many species to the brink of extinction. Nature has a perfect system of checks and balances...such as small animals that have a lot of predators also multiply rapidly...and vice versa.Human greed has been upsetting this balance for many years, Hopefully no more species will follow the Tasmanian tigers' path to extinction.

Danuta Watola (1264)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 12:20 am

paula eaton (30)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 2:50 pm
What a sad thing foolish humans are doing to our animals and their habitat.

divergent revolution (315)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 4:19 pm
Noted.Hope they don't bite the dust.

Gysele van Santen (213)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 4:29 pm
noted, thnx Thubten.

Michael Kirkby (97)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 4:48 pm

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 5:12 pm
Sadly noted. Thanks.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 5:52 pm
Noted, thanks.

Henry S. (0)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 5:53 pm
Oh man this is sad

natalie n. (164)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 12:29 am
thanks for sharing,

Nancy Black (308)
Thursday October 11, 2012, 8:56 pm
Noted, tweeted, and shared. Beautiful bird; sad future. Can't understand how mankind can destroy the gifts we were given.

Jenny Dooley (830)
Friday October 12, 2012, 7:10 pm
Southern corroboree frog - Pseudophryne corroboree...IUCN listing: Critically Endangered

Inhabiting a small corridor on the New South Wales and Victorian border, the tiny southern corroboree frog - which is the size of a fingernail - is running on the edge of extinction.

Fewer than 150 breeding males are thought to survive across 23 sites that were surveyed in 2001.

The main suspected threat is the chytrid fungi. Although many studies have been undertaken, the success has been limited, as they have not been able to confirm the critical threat to the frogs. A study conducted between 1997 and 1999 revealed that the frogs were present in 213 sites around the NSW and Victorian border but this number dropped to only 79 sites as of 2001, revealing how quickly these animals were disappearing.

A captive-breeding program, led by Sydney's Taronga Zoo, reintroduced 800 eggs into Kosciuszko National Park in 2012.

Yvonne F. (180)
Friday October 19, 2012, 1:10 am
This is such an important issue and with enormous consequences!! I do hope the authorities start to think about that!! Thanks Thubten

Roxy H. (347)
Monday October 29, 2012, 6:44 pm
Thanks Thubten, beautiful, Save the species!
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