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Fairy wren. Photo: Rebecca Gee.
Superb Fairy-wren in the Reed Beds at Millewa Forest, NSW
Lake Hume, Victoria. Photo: Bell Commercial Photography (2008).
Lake Hume, Victoria
Thorny Devil, Uluru. Photo: Michael Nelson.
Thorny Devil, Uluru
Cobourg Peninsula Aboriginal Land & Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo: Jeanette Muirhead.
Cobourg Peninsula Aboriginal Land & Wildlife Sanctuary, Nothern Territory
Geikie Gorge, West Kimberley.
Geikie Gorge, West Kimberley
Echidna. Photo: Cathy Zwick.
Echidna spines close up

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The Minister has approved the inclusion of two species, Calidris ferruginea (curlew sandpiper) and Numenius madagascariensis (eastern curlew), to the critically endangered category effective 26 May 2015.
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May
2015
The Minister has recently listed one species as threatened and approved a conservation advice for one listed species.
25
May
2015
The Threatened Species Scientific Committee is seeking comments on the proposal to list this as a critically endangered ecological community. The public consultation period will be open until 30 June 2015.
19
May
2015

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Threatened species & ecological communities

Australia is home to between 600,000 and 700,000 species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world.