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Museum Genomics Confirms that the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect Survived Extinction

Mikheyev, Alexander; Zwick, Andreas; Magrath, Michael; Grau, Miguel L.; Qiu, Lijun; Su, You Ning; Yeates, David K.


The Lord Howe Island stick insect, Dryococelus australis, was once common on the island but was driven to extinction after the arrival of ship rats in the early 20th century. It was thought to be extinct for decades, until a tiny population of similar-looking stick insects was discovered 20 km away, on the islet of Ball’s Pyramid, in 2001. Individuals from this population are currently being reared in Australia and elsewhere in the world, with the eventual goal of recolonizing Lord Howe Island....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Current Biology
DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.08.058


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