Latest Fauna of Australia Stories
Scientists have finally managed to extract DNA from some of these giant kangaroos - the mysterious marsupial megafauna that roamed Australia over 40,000 years ago.
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Australia’s Aboriginal Martu people hunt kangaroos and set small grass fires to catch lizards, as they have for at least 2,000 years. A University of Utah researcher found such man-made disruption boosts kangaroo populations.
Fur trapping records across North America have shown the population of wolves in a given area has a dramatic effect on smaller animals, according to scientists.
As a fresh wave of extinctions sweeps through the ranks of Australian native animals, scientists are deploying their most powerful weapon yet in the struggle to understand and head off the wipe-out.
A new study reveals that the dingo is a distinctly Australian animal and sheds new light on the creature's defining physical characteristics.
A new study has found that today’s dogs are more closely related to each other than they are to wolves – an indication that dogs were domesticated after they diverged from wolves.
Talk about a Kodak moment – a park ranger working in the Peruvian rainforest managed to capture a picture of a cane toad attempting to dine on a bat, complete with the airborne rodent’s wings sticking out of its mouth.
Scientists writing in the journal Ecology say that despite popular belief, the Australian dingo should not be blamed for mass extinctions
The teeth of a kangaroo and other extinct marsupials reveal that southeastern Queensland 2.5-5-million-years ago was a mosaic of tropical forests, wetlands and grasslands and much less arid than previously thought.
The Green and Golden Bell Frog (Litoria aurea), also named the Green Bell Frog, Green and Golden Swamp Frog and Green Frog, is a ground-dwelling tree frog endemic to eastern Australia. Despite its classification and climbing abilities, it doesn’t live in trees and spends almost all of its time close to ground level. It can reach up to 4.3 inches long, making it one of Australia’s largest frogs. Its coloration is gold and green and they are voracious eaters of insects, but will also...
The Booroolong Frog (Litoria booroolongensis) is a species of stream-dwelling frog endemic to the western slopes and ranges of New South Wales and northern Victoria. The frog can reach to about 45 millimeters long. It is normally grey, olive, or brown colored with pale spots or mottling, normally slightly warty in appearance. The flanks are grey and the dorsal surface is a cream color. The back of the thighs are a pale yellow with a few darker spots. A faint stripe runs from the nostril to...
The Green-Thighed Frog (Litoria brevipalmata) is a species of ground-dwelling tree frog of medium size. The Green-Thighed Frog is endemic to the east coast of Australia. Its range extends from Cordalba State Forest in south-eastern Queensland to Ourimbah in New South Wales; within this area, though, the populations are severely fragmented. The several records from Darkes Forest, south of Sydney, are incorrect. Numbers have decreased at Ourimbah, but there have been no record of declines or...
Freycinet’s Frog (Litoria freycineti), also commonly known as the Wallum Rocket Frog, lives in coastal areas from Fraser Island, Queensland, south to the Jervis Bay Territory of New South Wales. It is a variable species of frog, reaching 45 millimeters long. It is usually brown on the dorsal surface with large lighter or darker colored patches or raised dots; in some specimens, these patches can be very indistinct to almost nonexistent. A triangular shape of the same color as the patches...
The western quoll (Dasyurus geoffroii), also known as the western native cat and by many native names, is a species of marsupial that can be found in Australia. This species once held a large range, but it is now limited to the southwestern corner of Western Australia. It prefers to reside in arid and moist mallee and sclerophyll forests. It was first described by John Gould in 1841, when it was abundant in Australia. It is most closely related to the recently described bronze quoll, which is...
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