The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database

Rhantus papuanus Balfour-Browne, 1939



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1919

IUCN RedList status: Extinct


This species may have been rediscovered:

"A species which was believed to be extinct due to habitat destruction and was for a long time only known from the holotype collected in 1919. It was recently rediscovered in the Sarauwaget Range, NW tip of the Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea. And is probably also endemic to the Sarauwaget Range."


However no source is cited for this claim and so it shall remain in the extinct category until a corroborating source can be tracked down.



Papua New Guinea


Biology & Ecology










Balke, M. (1993). Taxonomische Revision der pazifischen, australischen und indonesischen Arten der Gattung Rhantus DEJEAN, 1833 (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae). – Koleopterol. Rundsch. 63: 39-84.

World Conservation Monitoring Centre. (1996). Rhantus papuanus. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. ( Downloaded on 25 August 2012.


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