Global Extinctions

EarthExtinctions have occurred in all animal and plant groups, but most well documented extinctions are mammals and birds. These animals are more loved by people, so people notice these disappearances faster than disappearances in other animal groups, like arachnids and worms.

Photo: "The Blue Marble" is a famous photograph of the Earth taken on 7 December 1972 by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft en route to the Moon at a distance of about 29,000 kilometers. It shows Africa, Antarctica, and the Arabian Peninsula. This file is in the public domain because it was created by NASA. NASA copyright policy states that "NASA material is not protected by copyright unless noted".

The subjoined table shows the number of species and subspecies that recently became globally extinct according to this website and the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (Version 2013.1). Click on one of the list names to see the complete lists of recently extinct animals, plants and red algae.

Lists of Globally Extinct Species and Subspecies
List Name
The Sixth Extinction Website
IUCN Red List (Version 2013.1)
Species
Subspecies
Species
Subspecies
Mammals
92
61
77
8
Birds
166
69
130
0
Reptiles
28
5
22
1
Amphibians
34
0
34
0
Fish
63
12
62
0
Molluscs
324
11
310
8
Insects
66
5
60
0
Arachnids
3
0
0
0
Crustaceans
12
0
12
0
Worms
3
0
2
0
Plants & Red Algae
87
10
90
10
Total Number
878
173
799
27

 

The Sixth Extinction Database (TSED)

The Sixth Extinction has created a database (TSED 1.0) with currently all known recent mammal extinctions, possible extinctions, extinctions in the wild, rediscoveries, and more. Later versions of this database will include extinctions from all animal and plant groups. The database is free to download in Excel and OpenDocument formats.

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References

IUCN (2013). IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 02 July 2013.

TSEW (2013). The Sixth Extinction Website. <www.petermaas.nl/extinct>. Downloaded on 27 July 2013.

 

Citation: Maas, P.H.J. (2013). Global Extinctions. In: TSEW (). The Sixth Extinction Website. <http://www.petermaas.nl/extinct>. Downloaded on .
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Updated: 27 July 2013

 

News Highlight

10 July 2013. The Cape Verde Giant Skink (Chioninia coctei), the Santa Cruz Pupfish (Cyprinodon arcuatus) and the freshwater shrimp Macrobrachium leptodactylus declared extinct in the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (2013.1). Read more: IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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