Extinct species and subspecies

Links to some additional information on just a few species that have recently perished from our planet.

 I.  Quagga (Equus quagga quagga).  A subspecies on the plains Zebra.  Extinct since 1883.

Quagga, Public Domain, Wikipedia

1870 Photograph of a Quagga in the London Zoo.

II.  Dusky Seaside-Sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus nigrescens). Extinct, 1987.

Fifty-pence piece of the Falklands Islands, showing the Falklands Island Wolf.

III. Falkland Islands Wolf or Warrah (Dusicyon australis). Extinct, 1876.

And just for fun…

IV.  Titicaca Orestias (Orestias cuvieri). Likely Extinct, 1950s.

Titicaca Orestias, also known as Amanto, have likely been extinct since the 1950s.

V.  Thylacine or Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacinus cynocephalus). Extinct, 1933.

Thylacines in the coat of arms of Tasmania.

Compilation of all known footage of the Thylacine:

Thylacine image on the label of Cascade Lager. (photo credit: James Cridland)

Over the years rewards have been offered to anyone that recovers clear evidence of the continued existence of the species, and there are frequently rumors of Thylacine sightings in the wild (see here for example).  However, no sightings have been confirmed; although, the thylacine image does show up in some pretty strange places…

VI.  Passenger pigeon, extinct 1914.

A painting of passenger pigeons by Lewis Cross that hangs in Muskegon's Lakeshore Museum Center. Click the image for the interesting story of this reclusive artist.


Posted on January 16, 2012, in Conservation & Biodiversity (EES-28), Links and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Marc Beauchamp

    No joy in the passing of Lonesome George of the Galapagos Pinta Tortoise —rest in peace Brave Giant, You are nestled in the arms of God with the rest of your family!

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