Australian Great Barrier Reef Rodent the First Mammal Species Dabbed Out


The first animal species which is driven to extinction by human-induced climate change is Australian Great Barrier Reef rodent or Bramble Cay melomys, it was discovered after researchers in general analysis (searches) has failed to find a single example from its only recognized habitat on a sandy island in far northern Australia.

  • Scientists of the University of Queensland have conducted the extensive survey in the hope of preserving after a study in 2014 found no sign of the species.

Reasons for Extinction

  • Anthropogenic climate change ids the main reason behind disappearance of Bramble Cay melomys.
  • The climate change caused in ocean inundation because of sea rise to the low-lying cay areas of their locale over the last period resulting in dramatic habitat loss.

About Bramble Cay melomys

  • Bramble Cay melomys is a small rat-like also known as rodent animal species which is belongs to the family of Muridae.
  • It is Great Barrier Reef’s only prevalent mammal species.
  • They were mainly found in a small coral cay called Bramble Cay which is located off the north coast of Queensland in the Torres Strait between Australia and Papua New Guinea.
  • Their coral cay habitat was only 340m long and 150m wide and was 3m above then sea level.
  • In 1845 it was first discovered on the cay by Europeans who shot the “large rats” for sport.
  • In 2009 the last animal of this spices was founded by a professional fisherman.

- Published/Last Modified on: June 15, 2016