A Great Barrier Reef rodent has officially been declared 'extinct' by the Australian government today.
The news makes the Bramble Cay melomys the first mammal believed to have been killed off as a result of man-made climate change.
Rodent - Habitat - Sandy - Island - Australia
The rat-like rodent, whose only known habitat was a small sandy island in far northern Australia, has not been seen in a decade.
Researchers from Queensland said the extinction was 'almost certainly' due to repeated ocean inundation of the cay, a low-lying island on a coral reef -- over the last decade, which had resulted in dramatic habitat loss.