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Two Unique Beetles Declared Extinct

Two Unique Beetles Declared Extinct

Postby Skilpadde » Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:19 pm

The Fish and Wildlife Service has declared Arizona's Stephan's riffle beetles and Kentucky's Tatum Cave beetles officially extinct. The animals were driven out of existence by unchecked development after waiting two decades on the federal list of "candidates" for Endangered Species Act protection -- protection they never received.

The miniscule Stephan's riffle beetle had black dots on its wings and respired through gills; the Tatum Cave beetle was eyeless and reddish-brown.

"Few people ever saw these tiny creatures, and perhaps few will mourn their passing," said the Center's Michael Robinson. "But the extinction of species leaves us all a little poorer, whether we recognize the losses or not."

https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/new ... -2016.html
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