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Biodiversity

Biodiversity in South-West Queensland

 

The Outback Gondwana Foundation has been assisting in the collection of the native fauna and flora of Eromanga and the surrounding areas.  The work has involved hosting scientists in the region as well as providing a central repository for housing of specimens collected by local volunteers and enthusiasts.

 

Currently housed in the field museum containing the fossilised remains of ‘Cooper’ and the other dinosaurs it is the foundation’s intention to have the collections on display as part of the Eromanga Natural History Museum.  They will include botanical, vertebrate, invertebrate, and avian collections.

 

Invertebrates

The large majority of the insect and arachnid species of the SW Queensland region are yet to be classified.  The ongoing work of scientists such as Dr Christine Lambkin, Dr Robert Raven and Dr Barbara Baehr is helping to shine a light on these species. 

The invertebrate collection includes wood moths, beeflies, butterflies as well as goblin & trap door spiders.

Vertebrates Dunart – Striped-face Dunart

There have been several investigations into the vertebrate species of SW Queensland. 

To date a number of rare marsupials have been discovered in the region. Some were previously thought to be extinct but have been located in the more remote/more difficult to access terrain.

The collection includes marsupial, amphibian & reptilian specimens.

 

Botanicals

Back in 1936, Government Botanist Stan Blake explored the Eromanga and surrounding regions collecting specimens which he later documented in a paper titled “The Plant Communities of Western Queensland and Their Relationships, With Special Reference to the Grazing Industry”. 

In recent years, three local landholder volunteers have extended this work by collecting over 400 species of flora which form the basis of the Arid Zone flora collection housed at the field museum. The collection is continually being added to using the methods advised by Qld Herbarium Botanist, Tony Bean.

 

Birdlife

 More information coming soon

Credible sighting and listed of recordings of well over 180 species of birds from the Lower Cooper Creek Basin catchment areas has been collated.