What do tingle pygmy trapdoor spiders from Western Australia, silver-headed antechinus from central Queensland and Duramana fingers orchids from NSW have in common?
If you’re waiting for a funny punchline, sorry – the answer is that they’re among the 41 new species of Australian plants and animals that are now officially at risk of extinction.
The good news though is that this listing could, potentially, be the first step towards reversing the country’s world-leading extinction rate.
Those 41 species were among 50 changes to the country’s official threatened species list after its annual update on Friday. Continue Reading →