Various animals, ranging from a selection of birds, and a specific bat, to a multitude of mussels, were recently classified as extinct by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. These species had previously been identified as endangered or under threat.
Among the species declared extinct, eight Hawaiian honeycreeper birds stand out, accompanied by the Mariana fruit bat and the bridled white-eye bird native to Guam.
A number of other species also saw their status shifted from endangered, serving as a poignant reminder, as noted by the Fish and Wildlife Service, of the critical need for proactive conservation efforts before reaching a point of no return.
Safeguarding the multitude of endangered species in our biodiverse world presents a challenging endeavor.
In the face of climate change and other detrimental factors that ravage their natural habitats, the Fish and Wildlife Service’s role becomes ever more crucial, striving to curtail the expansion of the heart-wrenching list of extinct creatures.
Here’s a detailed rundown of the species that have been newly recognized as extinct this week:
- Bachman’s warbler
- Bridled white-eye
- Kauai akialo
- Kauai nukupuu
- Kauaʻi ʻōʻō
- Large Kauai thrush
- Maui ākepa
- Maui nukupuʻu
- Molokai creeper
- Little Mariana fruit bat
- San Marcos gambusia
- Scioto madtom
- Flat pigtoe
- Southern acornshell
- Upland combshell
- Green-blossom pearly mussel
- Tubercled-blossom pearly mussel
- Turgid-blossom pearly mussel
- Yellow-blossom pearly mussel
Most of these species haven’t been sighted for many years, having been classified as endangered primarily during the 1970s and 1980s. This revelation was made public as the Endangered Species Act (ESA) marks its half-century milestone.
The additions to the extinct roster underscore the imperative nature of initiatives like the ESA. Its primary goal is to champion the preservation of animal life while addressing challenges introduced by human actions, such as habitat encroachment, over-exploitation, and the influx of invasive species and diseases.
While conservation strategies have successfully prevented the extinction of about 48 species, the list, unfortunately, persists in its expansion.