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The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database currently has 3291 entries and can be accessed here.
We are currently in the process of moving our website over to our very own domain, which will be the permanent home of REPAD. This site was only ever meant to be temporary, and it has served its purpose very well over the four years it has been running. It has accumulated over 100,000 visits. The new site may be accessed here: http://www.recentlyextinctspecies.com/ although it isn't much to look at just yet. And, importantly, the main database is still housed on this site.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dave and Trish Whitinger for allowing people like myself to have their very own online community ("cubit") without the expenses normally associated with such an opportunity. I have never had any issues whatsoever with Cubits.org, and no down time that I am aware of, which for a free service is unbelievable. I highly recommend you join their community if you have not done so already. The potential that developing a cubit brings with it is very exciting. Or even if you just want to lurk in the threads without actually posting anything!
1/12/2013 A new species of Late Pleistocene rail, Rallus cyanocavi, has been described. It was from Abaco Island, Bahamas (source).
1/7/2013 Oshwea dubiosa Ramme, 1929 has been rediscovered, as reported in the Journal of Orthoptera Research.
1/7/2013 The newest update to the IUCN's Red List of Threatened Species has been completed. Changes include three species added to the Extinct category. A brief overview can be found here.
9/5/2013 A new species of subfossil Scops owl, Otus frutuosoi, was described in today's edition of Zootaxa.
1/5/2013 Several species of the moss genus Sphagnum have been rediscovered in Turkey after more than 100 years.
27/4/2013 Five rare Florida butterflies may be gone, some of which may now be globally extinct (source).
10/4/2013 The 2007 rediscovery of the frog Plectrohyla thorectes was reported in the literature today.
10/4/2013 The rediscovery of the African bat Glauconycteris superba (in February 2012) has been reported in the literature.
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List of local rediscoveries|
By Branden Holmes on March 2, 2013
Species and subspecies are not only globally rediscovered but also sometimes locally rediscovered. Although, in many instances it is difficult to distinguish whether this kind of genuine rediscovery has actually taken place rather than mere re-colonization of an area. Such a list of local rediscoveries seems never to have been attempted before, probably on account of it being a monumental task, so I thought that I would attempt to fill that niche.
Possibly extinct butterflies and moths|
By Branden Holmes on August 19, 2012
The following list contains the scientific names of 152 possibly extinct species and subspecies of recent butterflies and moths. This includes several taxa not currently listed in the database. I stress that each of these species and subspecies, if taxonomically valid, are "missing" and therefore potentially extinct. This does not mean that they are definitely extinct, although several clearly are because extensive surveys throughout all known habitat has not found a single individual.
Explaining REPAD's Conservation Status Categories|
By Branden Holmes on August 12, 2012
One of the planned future features of REPAD will be our own unique status categories. However this system will not be implemented until basically all potentially recently extinct species have been entered into the database. This itself is a significant task and I have not yet entered a single recently extinct plant into the database. This article is therefore more to test the waters regards the appropriateness of our own idiosyncratic status categories, and to receive feedback from visitors to the database regards any possible improvements which could be made before implementing this system.