Thursday, September 10, 2009
BLIND VELVET WORM (Tasmanipatus anopthalmus) listed as ENDANGERED
"Another Tasmanian, this rare and remarkable all-white blind velvet worm Tasmanipatus anopthalmus is the latest animal to be listed by the federal government (of Australia) as endangered. It has been recognised as a threatened species in its home state since the early"
- from http://www.abc.net.au/science/
The Blind Velvet Worm faces problems from destruction of its forest habitat for agriculture, such as plantation farming. The fire regime in its habitat has also lead to population decline, as years of misguided fire suppression have lead to fires that are actually more intense and frequent now than the inhabitants of these forests can cope with.
For more info about Velvet Worms, see my earlier post.