Although the Australian bushfires have been extinguished for several months now, scientists are still scrambling to assess the total effect on the country’s native wildlife.
A new paper published in “Nature Ecology & Evolution” predicts that the bushfires burned through about 37,500 square miles of vegetation in southern and eastern Australia. The fire-affected regions also included critical habitat for 832 species of native vertebrate fauna, as per the study.
Species that may need assessment under the EPBC (Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation) Act, include:
• Kate’s leaf-tailed gecko (Saltuarius kateae)
• Short-eared possum (Trichosurus caninus)
• Littlejohn’s tree frog (Litoria littlejohni)