OIST research team in collaboration with Australian researchers found out that the phantom insects regarded as an extinct species have been surviving. Lord Howe stick insects have been considered to be extinct since black rats from wrecked ship intruded the island in 1918, which affected the island’s ecosystem. However, the same kind as Lord Howe stick insects were found alive in Balls Pyramid Island, which is located in the vicinity of Lord Howe Island.
The research team investigated the genome sequences of Lord Howe stick insects stored in museum, and they found out that the one found on Balls Pyramid Island belong to the same species. The outcome of the research is covered on a US journal, Current Biology.