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  Australian fauna - Australia's Culture Portal
Some of the other native Australian marsupials include: the bilby; the wallaby; the phascogale; the possum; the wallaroo; the glider; the bandicoot; the pademelon; the bettong; and the quoll.
Native Australian birds include: the Lorrikeet; the Kookaburra; the King Parrot; the Galah; the Cockatoo; the Crimson Rosella; the Wedge-tailed Eagle; the Magpie; the Willie Wagtail and the Tawny Frogmouth Owl.
Native Australian reptiles include: the frilled necked lizard; the lace monitor; the bearded dragon; the gecko; the eastern water dragon; the goanna; the australian coral snake; the carpet python; the death adder; the eastern brown snake; and the red bellied fl snake.
www.cultureandrecreation.gov.au /articles/fauna   (1484 words)

  
  NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Fauna of Australia
The fauna of Australia consists of a huge variety of unique animals; some 83% of mammals, 89% of reptiles, 90% of fish and insects and 93% of amphibians that inhabit the continent are endemic to Australia.
Australian Coat of Arms (since 1912) The Coat of Arms of Australia is the official symbol of Australia.
The kangaroo is the most widely recognized symbol of Australia, yet it does not display the full range of Australian marsupials, a subclass characterized by the early, immature birth of the young, who are transferred to the marsupium, or pouch, to be nurtured until old enough to fend for themselves.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Fauna-of-Australia   (1348 words)

  
 Soils, Fauna and Flora - soils, fauna and flora
Predominantly evergreen, vegetation ranges from the dense bushland and eucalyptus forests of the coast to mulga and mallee scrub and saltbush of the inland plains.
The temperate zone is characterized by sclerophyll, temperate, and savannah woodlands, by mallees, scrub, and sclerophyll heath, by temperate rainforests, and by alpine vegetation in the Australian Alps and the mountains of Tasmania.
Australian waters contain some 70 species of shark, several of which are dangerous to humans.
www.australia-migration.com /page/Soils_Fauna_and_Flora/230   (2562 words)

  
 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Endangered Australian fauna
Endangered Australian fauna are those species of birds, fish, frogs, insects, mammals, molluscs and reptiles that are endangered, which means that the population of animals is so small that it is in danger of becoming extinct.
The establishment and evolution of the present-day fauna was apparently shaped by the unique climate and the geology of the continent.
The Grey Nurse Shark is critically endangered on the Australian east coast.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Endangered-Australian-fauna   (779 words)

  
 Science Fair Projects - Australian fauna
Australia is unusual because the animal population evolved largely out of contact with the other continents.
A very high percentage of Australian animals are endemic (found nowhere else) including about 70% of its birds and 95% of its mammals.
The only placental mammals naturally found on the Australian mainland are bats; a large number of rodents which arrived only about 5 million years ago, and the Dingo, which was introduced to Australia by humans perhaps 7000 years ago.
www.all-science-fair-projects.com /science_fair_projects_encyclopedia/Australian_fauna   (411 words)

  
 Australian fauna: Definition and Links by Encyclopedian.com
...Australian fauna Australian fauna Australia is unusual because the animal...high percentage of Australian animals are endemic (found nowhere else) including about 70% of its...
Australia is unusual because the animal population evolved largely out of contact with the other main continents.
The only placental mammals naturally found on the Australian mainland are bats and some primitive rodents; plus the dingo, which came to Australia somewhere around 7000 years ago.
www.encyclopedian.com /au/Australian-native-animals.html   (305 words)

  
 ★ Australian Information Guide - All about Australia
On 1 January 1901, federation of the Colonies occurred and the Commonwealth of Australia was born, as a dominion of the British Empire.
The Australian Capital Territory, centred on the new federal capital of Canberra, was separated from New South Wales in 1911.
With this act of parliament, Australian law was made unequivocally the law in the nation, and the High Court of Australia was confirmed as the single highest court in the country.
www.australian1.com /Australian_Information   (1717 words)

  
 Fauna
Australia's very distinctive fauna includes 800 species of birds of which 400 are found nowhere else, 300 species of lizards, 140 species of snakes, 230 species of native mammals, and 2 species of crocodile.
There are 55 species of parrots in Australia; an early map by one of the earliest navigators suggested the Australian continent should be called "Terra psittacorum", Latin for "land of Parrots".
The blight that hoofed mammals – horses, cows, sheep and goats – have perpetrated on Australia’s fragile fauna is horrendous.
www.pacificislandtravel.com /australia/about_destin/nature_fauna.asp   (963 words)

  
 Australian Animals @ AUSTRALIANANIMALS.COM.AU
Australian Animals @ AUSTRALIANANIMALS.COM.AU The fauna of Australia comprises a huge variety of unique animals; some 83% of mammals, 89% of reptiles, 90% of fish and insects and 93% of amphibians that inhabit the continent are found nowhere else.
The establishment and speciation of the present-day fauna was apparently shaped by the unique climate and the geology of the continent.
Following the emergence of the circumpolar current in the mid-Oligocene era (some 15 MYA), the Australian climate became increasingly arid, giving rise to a diverse group of arid-specialised flora and fauna, just as the wet tropical and seasonally wet areas have produced their own adapted species.
www.australiananimals.com.au /index.htm   (503 words)

  
 Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Fauna of Australia
The Australian coast is visited by six species of sea turtle: the Flatback, Green Sea, Hawksbill, Olive Ridley, Loggerhead and the Leatherback Sea Turtles; all are protected in Australian waters.
The Pygopodidae is a family of limbless lizards endemic to the Australian region; of the 34 species from eight genera, only one species does not occur in Australia.
The use of fire-stick farming, in which large swathes of bushland were burnt to facilitate hunting, modified both flora and fauna — and are thought to have contributed to the extinction of large herbivores with a specialised diet, such as the flightless birds from the genus Genyornis.
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/Australian_fauna   (4952 words)

  
 The Migration Route of the Australian Marsupial Fauna. Presidential Address. by Launcelot Harrison
The Migration Route of the Australian Marsupial Fauna.
It may justifiably be said that a majority of Australian zoologists, as well as many botanists, believe that Australia has in past time been connected by land with South America, and that a considerable proportion, both of its plants and animals, has been derived from the latter Continent by land migration.
The Australian Leptodactylids, the essential characters of which are not in any way altered by calling them Bufonids, have not succeeded in penetrating to the north or west of Papua, in which island they are represented by one or two species only; and their closest affinities would still seem to lie with South American forms.
www.wku.edu /~smithch/biogeog/HARR1924.htm   (7879 words)

  
 Australian fauna   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The fauna of Australia comprises a huge variety of unique animals; some 83% of mammals, 89% of reptiles, 90% of fish and insects and 93% of amphibians that inhabit the continent are found nowhere else.
Australian species include the world's smallest crayfish, Swamp Crayfish which does not exceed 30 mm in length, and the world's largest crayfish, the Tasmanian Giant Freshwater Crayfish, measuring up to 76 cm long and weighing 4.5 kg.
The role of the aborigines in the extinction of the Australian megafauna is uncertain.
www.pillscatalog.net /Australian_fauna.html   (5587 words)

  
 Palaeontology - Late Devonian fauna from the Hunter Siltstone near Grenfell, New South Wales   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Grenfell fauna, from the Hunter Siltstone near the town of Grenfell, New South Wales represents the youngest Devonian locality in New South Wales, and includes a wide variety of placoderm, acanthodian and sarcopterygian fishes.
The fishes preserved in this fauna are largely disarticulated so that the material recovered is separate placoderm plates, bones, scales toothplates, etc. This represents a very different mode of preservation than seen in the Canowindra fauna, signalling transport after death in moving water, perhaps a river or stream.
Biogeographic relationships of the Grenfell fauna and eastern Australia during the Late Devonian were largely based on the distribution of the Sinolepidae.
www.austmus.gov.au /palaeontology/field_sites/grenfell.htm   (556 words)

  
 DoAustralia | Australian fauna and wildlife
Our native fauna, especially the birds and mammals, are particularly appealing to many visitors to Australia.
Fauna can still be encouraged to live in or visit gardens or properties by providing and maintaining areas of suitable natural habitat harbouring natural food sources.
Animals can still become habituated to the presence of people without the use of food, thus allowing visitors and residents the rewarding experience of observing wild animals at close proximity without unnecessary interference.
www.doaustralia.com /fauna.html   (653 words)

  
 Overview of the Conservation of Australian Marine Invertebrates   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The fauna of NSW is essentially warm temperate with elements from the subtropical fauna shared with southern Queensland and the cool temperate fauna of Bass Strait and the south coast.
The shallow water hard shore fauna in the eastern-most corner of the state is disjunct with that in the middle part of the state (from Wilson's Promontory to the west) due to the very long stretch of soft shore habitat across the Gippsland coast.
The Antarctic marine invertebrate fauna is, in general, better known than most of the Australian fauna, having been the focus of attention of several early expeditions and many subsequent studies undertaken by scientists embarking on programs funded by several countries.
www.amonline.net.au /invertebrates/marine_overview/chapt2mn.html   (8342 words)

  
 Australian fauna   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The vegetation of South Australia, (Handbooks of the flora and fauna of South Australia issued by the South Australian Branch of the British Science Guild)
South Australian mollusca: Chitons (Handbook of the flora and fauna of South Australia)
Reintroduction Biology of Australian and New Zealand Fauna
www.abacci.com /wikipedia/topic.aspx?cur_title=Australian_fauna   (267 words)

  
 crustacea.net - interactive keys   (Site not responding. Last check: )
We estimate that about 50% of the benthic gammaridean fauna of southern Australia is described and much less of the northern fauna (based on collection assessments in the Australian Museum and Museum Victoria).
For the most part this fauna is well described, but it is scattered in journals and only available to the scientific community with much searching.
After initial studies on Australian and New Zealand subantarctic amphipods (Lowry and Stoddart, 1983; Lowry and Fenwick, 1983) Lowry and Stoddart (1984; 1989; 1990; 1992; 1995) then began their studies of the lysianassoid amphipods of Australia and the Australasian region.
www.crustacea.net /crustace/amphipoda/aus_intro.htm   (1490 words)

  
 Australian Fauna Care
The national database of wildlife groups is managed by Australian Fauna Care.
It is with much sadness that we note the passing of an icon of Australian Wildlife Rehabilitation.
It is not associated with any other wildlife rehabilitation group, nor is it a licensed rehabilitation group in any state of Australia.
www.fauna.org.au   (268 words)

  
 Cockroaches   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The native Australian fauna is diverse, and rarely encountered by those who don't venture far from urban areas.
In fact, most of the Australian cockroach fauna will avoid human contact, preferring instead to forage among the vegetation, leaf litter and soil of undisturbed habitats.
Many Australian species are wingless in one or both sexes and some species have reduced wings.
www.amonline.net.au /factsheets/cockroaches.htm   (516 words)

  
 Flora for Fauna
Although Flora for Fauna has gone to great lengths to provide the most up-to date data of towns and regions, it is quite possible that you may not be able to find your home town.
Australian plants are stunning during winter and spring and now is the ideal time to start planting them.
The Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants (ASGAP) caters for people interested in Australia's native flora whether that interest is simple appreciation of the beauty and diversity of the flora or whether it extends to propagation, cultivation and conservation.
www.floraforfauna.com.au /folder.asp   (4788 words)

  
 ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin dies - Asia-Pacific - MSNBC.com
Australian environmentalist Steve Irwin, who died from a stingray barb to the heart on Sept. 4, was known for getting up close with dangerous animals.
He was a committed conservationist, running a wildlife park for crocodiles and other Australian fauna, including kangaroos, koalas and possums, and using some of his TV wealth to buy tracts of land for use as natural habitat.
Irwin was in the water at Batt Reef, off the Australian resort town of Port Douglas about 60 miles north of Cairns, shooting a series called “Ocean’s Deadliest” when he swam too close the stingray, Stainton told reporters.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/14663786   (754 words)

  
 AUSTRALIAN NATURE, GONDWANALAND, AUSTRALIAN WILDLIFE, AUSTRALIAN FAUNA, PLANTS, SEALIFE, WILDLIFE, BIRDS, AUSTRALIAN ...
Australian nature is extremely diverse and interesting, with a number of unique animals living in Australia.
The Australian Flora section features information about a selection of Australia's fauna, including Australian Flowers, Trees and many other highlights of Australia's spectacular natural environment.
The Australian Sealife section features information about some of Australia's sea creatures and animals that live in the waters around Australia.
www.australianexplorer.com /australian_nature.htm   (280 words)

  
 Australian Fauna
The Australian Government has a very good system of protecting the environment, including heavy fines for any person who tries to interact with wild animals.
The rule is simple, each one is stay in their own place, doing the own biological and natural function and the minimum possible environment intervention.
Cassuary - it was almost extinct, but after the effort of the Australian department of conservation, is recovering in numbers.
www.yesaustralia.com /Curiosidades-faunaing.htm   (1141 words)

  
 Excite - Search: Australian Fauna
Australian island-continent for 55 million years created a sanctuary for the birds, animals and plants which have lived here.
fauna of Australia are those species and subspecies of birds, fish,...
Fauna Online is a web-based source of taxonomic and biological information...
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 Terrestrial Ecology - Conservation of fauna and flora in the New South Wales wheatbelt   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Terrestrial Ecology - Conservation of fauna and flora in the New South Wales wheatbelt
Conservation of fauna and flora in the New South Wales wheatbelt
Australian Ravens may prey on the eggs of other species at a rate which leads to their decline.
www.austmus.gov.au /terrestrial_ecology/research/wheatbelt.htm   (593 words)

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