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Dark Extinction and Keystone Species: Causes and Solutions



  Nov 29, 2023

Species Extinction and Keystone Species



What is ‘dark extinction’?

‘Dark extinction’ occurs when a species is only recognized as extinct after disappearing, revealing monitoring shortfalls.

Why are keystone species crucial?

Keystone species, like sea otters or gray wolves, are pivotal for ecosystem balance. Their loss can trigger ecological cascades, disrupting other species and habitat health .

What human activities drive species extinction?

Habitat destruction, pollution, and overfishing lead to species loss, affecting biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Can species extinction be reversed?

While we can’t revive extinct species, conservation can prevent further losses and restore ecosystems.

What’s a ‘flow chart’ of extinction?

It’s a concept showing how one species’ loss impacts others, potentially leading to more extinctions.

How can individuals prevent species extinction?

By supporting conservation policies, participating in restoration efforts, and advocating sustainable practices.

Why is continuous species monitoring crucial?

It enables early threat detection, allowing for timely conservation action to avert extinctions.


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