Special Report

The World's Rarest and Possibly Extinct Animals

Source: Simon J. Tonge / Wikimedia Commons

6. Jamaica Giant Galliwasp
Scientific name: Celestus occiduus
Date last recorded in wild: 1851
Geographic region: Jamaica
Threats: Habitat loss, introduction of predators

Source: Muséum d'histoire Naturelle / Wikimedia Commons

7. Chinese Paddlefish
Scientific name: Psephurus gladius
Date last recorded in wild: 2003
Geographic region: China
Threats: Overfishing

Source: Kessler / Fishes of Turkestan / Wikimedia Commons

8. Syr-darya Shovelnose Sturgeon
Scientific name: Pseudoscaphirhynchus fedtschenkoi
Date last recorded in wild: 1960s
Geographic region: Kazakhstan; Tajikistan; Uzbekistan
Threats: Habitat loss

Source: George Edward Lodge / Wikimedia Commons

9. Jamaican Poorwill
Scientific name: Siphonorhis americana
Date last recorded in wild: 1860
Geographic region: Jamaica
Threats: Introduction of predators

Source: Die Fledermäuse des Berliner Museums für Naturkunde (1899) / Wikimedia Commons

10. Aru Flying Fox
Scientific name: Pteropus aruensis
Date last recorded in wild: 1992
Geographic region: Indonesia
Threats: Possibly hunting, sugarcane plantation development

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