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Burrunan Dolphin Tursiops australis
2013-09-19 11:08:29

The Burrunan dolphin (Tursiops australis) is one of three recognized species of bottlenose dolphin. It can be found in two areas of Victoria, Australia. One population can be found in the Gippsland Lakes, where about 50 reside, and one in Port Phillip, where about 100 individuals reside. Haplotypes of the Burrunan dolphin have been discovered in an area extending from the Spencer Gulf waters...

Agile Wallaby Macropus agilis
2013-09-05 11:16:25

The agile wallaby (Macropus agilis), or the sandy wallaby, is a marsupial that can be found in New Guinea and northern Australia. It is the most common wallaby species in its Australian range, where it prefers to reside near streams or rivers in open grasslands, woodlands, and coastal areas. In New Guinea, it prefers to reside in lowland savannah habitats. It holds four recognized subspecies....

Rufous Hare Wallaby Lagorchestes hirsutus
2013-09-02 10:08:22

The rufous hare-wallaby (Lagorchestes hirsutus), or the mala, is a marsupial that can be found in Australia. Its range is now limited to western areas of Australia and the islands of Dorre and Bernier, although it once extended to the western part of the continent. John Gould first described it in 1844 in The Mammals of Australia. Its fur is reddish gray in color and it is the smallest species...

Aname
2013-08-26 11:39:07

Aname is the name of a spider genus that is native to Australia. It includes a species that is found only on Tasmania and the Black Wishbone Spider (A. atra). Spiders featured in this genus, combined with the related and very similar genera Chenistonia and Namea, are called “wishbone spiders”, for the shape of their open silk-line burrow, which retains the shape of the letter Y, with one...

Blue Ringtail Austrolestes annulosus
2013-08-22 12:04:58

The blue ringtail (Austrolestes annulosus) is a species of damselfly that can be found over most of Australia. This species resides near temporary and permanent pools, lakes, and ponds. It can be seen between the months of September and April. It was first discovered in 1862 by Edmond de Sélys Longchamps. The blue ringtail reaches an average body length of 1.1 inches, with females growing...

Fawn Antechinus Antechinus bellus
2013-08-22 11:05:56

The fawn antechinus (Antechinus bellus) is a species of marsupial that is native to northern areas of Australia and it is the only member of its genus, Antechinus, to reside in the Northern Territory. It prefers a habitat within open tropical forests and holds a limited range. Oldfield Thomas, who gave it the scientific name bellus, first described the species in 1904. The fawn antechinus...

Tammar Wallaby Macropus eugenii
2013-08-21 14:39:46

The tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii), also known as the darma wallaby or dama wallaby, is a marsupial that can be found in western and southern areas of Australia. It has also been introduced into areas of Australia where it once lived and into New Zealand. It prefers a habitat within grassland areas. The tammar wallaby was first discovered in 1817 by a French naturalist named Anselme...

Eastern Barred Bandicoot Perameles gunnii
2013-08-19 15:17:01

The eastern barred bandicoot (Perameles gunnii) is a marsupial species that is classified within the Peramelidae family. It can be found in southeastern Australia in a range that includes Victoria and Tasmania. It reaches an average weight of less than 2.2 pounds and has a small tail. Its fur holds three or four bands on its hind body that are typically white in color. The eastern barred...

Leadbeaters Possum Gymnobelideus leadbeateri
2013-08-15 12:14:02

Leadbeater’s possum (Gymnobelideus leadbeateri), also known as the fairy possum, is a marsupial that can be found in a small range in Australia. It is limited to the central highlands of Victoria and prefers a habitat within forests of old growth mountain ash. The State of Victoria designated this species as its faunal emblem in 1968. Leadbeater’s possum was discovered in 1867 and was...

Bunyip
2013-08-13 11:37:27

The Bunyip is from Aboriginal mythology. It is a large creature that lives in the swamps, creeks, riverbeds, and waterholes of South Eastern Australia. However, stories of the Bunyip have been told throughout Australia. Written accounts of the creature were made by European settlers in the mid-nineteenth century as they colonized across the country. Today’s translation of the word Bunyip...

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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