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​Great Barrier Reef Species Confirmed Extinct

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Bramble Cay melomys now confirmed to have been lost from Great Barrier Reef...

The Bramble Cay melomy, has been confirmed to be extinct, as reported by The Environment and Heritage Protection team of Queensland.

Found only on Bramble Cay, a small vegetated coral cay located at the northern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, the Bramble Cay melomys had previously been listed as endangered in Queensland, but in a recent update published on the Queensland Government website, it’s status is to be changed to extinct.

Bramble Cay melomy, from the Muridae family (native rats and mice) was the size of a small rat.

Available evidence indicates that climate change-induced impacts of sea-level rise, along with an intensity of storm surges and extreme high water levels, particularly during the last decade, were most likely responsible for the extirpation of the Bramble Cay melomys from Bramble Cay.

Notes are currently being prepared to amend the conservation status of the Bramble Cay melomy from endangered to extinct in the wild under both Queensland and Commonwealth legislation.

Picture: State of Queensland