According to ScienceDaily, a species of lizard is now extinct from the Hawaiian Islands, making it the latest native vertebrate species to become extirpated from this tropical archipelago.
Small animals like this skink are prone to what Fisher and Ineich call “cryptic extinction” — when a species is easily confused with similar species that their extinction can go unnoticed for decades.
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Professor Djoko is one of Indonesia’s renowned dedicated herpetologists and also zoologists and I bet he has known about this, or even the symtomps of its extinction. I will have his class on Wednesday and I hope he’s not sad.