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IUCN Fact Sheet of Species Extinction due to Climate Change
(Bramble Cay Melomys)


A fact sheet of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on the existential status of the Bramble Cay melomys species. The Bramble Cay melomys is the first mammalian species thought to have gone extinct due to human-induced climate change.

Students will learn of the Red List of Threatened Species of the IUCN organisation and assess the status of the Bramble Cay melomys and will learn about its taxonomy, the geographic range, its distribution, population, habitat and ecology, and threats.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. How has human-induced climate change caused the extinction of the Bramble Cay Melomys.
  2. Discuss the population distribution of the Bramble Cay melomys species in the historical record?
About Tool
Tool NameIUCN Red List: Bramble Cay Melomys
DisciplineBiological Sciences, Environmental Sciences
Topic(s) in DisciplineBiodiversity, Conservation, Species Extinction, IUCN, Habitat Loss, Endangered Species, Threatened Species, Mammalian Extinction, Bramble Cay melomys, Extinction
Climate TopicClimate and the Biosphere
Type of toolReading
Grade LevelHigh School, Undergraduate
LocationOceania, Australia, Queensland
Translation     –
Developed byInternational Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Hosted atInternational Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Computer SkillsBasic

Mapped Sustainable Development Goal(s), apart from 4 and 13


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