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Reading the black book: The number, timing, distribution and causes of listed extinctions in Australia

Woinarski, John C.Z.; Braby, Michael; Burbidge, Andrew A.; Coates, David; Garnett, Stephen T; Fensham, Rod John; Legge, Sarah; McKenzie, Norm L; Silcock, Jennifer; Murphy, Brett P.


Through collation of global, national and state/territory threatened species lists, we conclude that 100 Australian endemic species (one protist, 38 vascular plants, ten invertebrates, one fish, four frogs, three reptiles, nine birds and 34 mammals) are validly listed as extinct (or extinct in the wild) since the nation's colonisation by Europeans in 1788. This tally represents about 6-10% of the world's post-1500 recognised extinctions. The actual number of extinctions is likely to be far more...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019
Type: Journal article
Source: Biological Conservation
DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2019.108261


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