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Dusicyon australis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA MAMMALIA CARNIVORA CANIDAE

Scientific Name: Dusicyon australis
Species Authority: (Kerr, 1792)
Common Name(s):
English Falkland Island Wolf, Falklands Wolf

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Extinct ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Canid Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Sillero-Zubiri, C. & Hoffmann, M. (Canid Red List Authority)
Justification:
Dusicyon australis was endemic to the Falkland Islands. It was discovered in 1690 and was still common when Charles Darwin visited the Falklands in 1833. Throughout the 1800s, however, the population declined drastically. The last individual is believed to have been killed in 1876.
History:
2004 Extinct
1996 Extinct
1994 Extinct (Groombridge 1994)
1990 Extinct (IUCN 1990)
1988 Extinct (IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre 1988)
1986 Extinct (IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre 1986)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Dusicyon australis was endemic to the Falkland Islands.
Countries:
Regionally extinct:
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
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Population [top]

Population: It was discovered in 1690 and was still common when Charles Darwin visited the Falklands in 1833. Throughout the 1800s however, the population declined drastically. The last individual is believed to have been killed in 1876.

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The species was hunted by US fur traders in the 1830s, and when Scottish settlers arrived in the 1860s and began raising sheep on the Island, D. australis was poisoned as a pest species.

Citation: IUCN SSC Canid Specialist Group 2008. Dusicyon australis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 21 December 2014.
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