Threatened Species Status - What These Terms MeanTasmanian Status
The Threatened Species list for Tasmania consists of plants and animals listed under the Tasmanian Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 at the State level and/or listed under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 at the Commonwealth level.
Guidelines for the listing of species under the Tasmanian Threatened Species Protection Act 1995. Categories or risk codes are listed in order of decreasing seriousness:
Extinct (x): Those species presumed extinct.
Endangered (e): Those species in danger of extinction because long term survival is unlikely while the factors causing them to be endangered continue operating.
Vulnerable (v): Those species likely to become endangered while the factors causing them to become vulnerable continue operating.
Rare (r): Those species with a small population in Tasmania that are at risk.
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Protection Act 1999. Categories or risk codes are listed in order of decreasing seriousness:
Extinct (EX): Where a species has not definitely been located in the wild for the past 50 years. A well known Tasmanian example is the thylacine. The last recorded, proven sighting was in 1936. Since then we have had many reported sightings, often dozens a year. However none of the thylacine sightings has been confirmed, so it is presumed extinct and under the IUCN category can be listed as officially extinct.
Extinct In The Wild (EW): This is when a species can not be found living in the wild despite exhaustive surveys, but is still known to exist in captivity.
Critically Endangered (CR): In this case a species is in extreme danger of becoming extinct in the immediate future. A species is placed in this category if:
Contact: Threatened Species Section - EnquiriesThreatened Species and Marine Section
3rd floor, 134 Macquarie Street
(GPO Box 44 Hobart 7001)
HOBART TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 4340
Fax: 03 6233 3477
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