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A species or organism that currently exists; the opposite of extinct.


  • The two species of tuatara are the only surviving members of its order, which flourished around 200 million years ago[1].
  • Only one species of Emu survives in Australia[2].


  1. ^ "Facts about tuatara". Conservation: Native Species. Threatened Species Unit, Department of Conservation, Government of New Zealand. Retrieved 10 February 2007. 
  2. ^ Simpson & Day (1999). A Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, 6th Edition. Penguin. ISBN 0-691-04995-5. 
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