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Lazarus species: 13 'extinct' animals found alive

By: Bryan Nelson on Nov. 5, 2009, 12:43 p.m.
Lord Howe Island stick insect

Photo: Michael Whiting

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Lord Howe Island stick insect

Sometimes referred to as “land lobsters” or “walking sausages,” the Lord Howe stick insect is considered the rarest insect in the world. Believed extinct since 1930 after being wiped off its only known native habitat on Lord Howe Island, the enormous insect was rediscovered in 2001 when fewer than 30 individuals were found living underneath a single shrub on the small islet of Ball's Pyramid, the world's tallest and most isolated sea stack.