Unloved biodiversity and coextinction

In the Global Environmental Change lecture today, I spoke a little about how invertebrates are often under-represented in scientific research, and also about some interactions among species. Extinction of two or more species species because of their relationship to each other is known as co-extinction. Such co-extinction is related to one of Jared Diamond’s “evil quartet” of biodiversity threats. Here is a blog post touching on co-extinction, particularly for under-appreciated species.

And just to prove that karma exists, if you make a joke comparing the appearance of a species and the person it was named after, you might expect payback. I hope you all campaign to save McCarthy’s plant louse, a co-threatened species in Western Australia – yes, it is a sapsucker…