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Persoonia coriacea
2014-10-22 11:50:54

Persoonia coriacea is a species of shrub plant. The species may also be referred to as the leathery-leaf persoonia. It is classified in the Lanceolata group, which is a group of 54 closely related species with similar flowers but very different foliage. Often, these species will interbreed with each other. In the case of P. coriacea, it hybridizes with P. helix. P. coriacea is a small shrub...

Hakea macraeana
2014-10-06 13:31:06

Hakea macraeana is a shrub species endemic to eastern Australia. It is most commonly referred to as the Willow needlewood of Macrae's hakea. It is a member of the Proteaceae family. The species name is in reference to George Macrae, who assisted the original collector William Baeuerlen. H. macraeana is observed as a shrub or a small tree that grows in a wide array of different heights,...

Hakea gibbosa
2014-10-06 13:17:52

Hakea gibbosa is a shrub species. The species may also be commonly referred to as the Hairy hakea or the Rock hakea. The shrubs belong to the Proteaceae family. H. gibbosa grows naturally in southeastern Australia. H. gibbosa trees may grow anywhere from 3 to 9.8 feet tall. Its thin leaves come to a sharp point and are fuzzy, covered in a thin hair layer. The species forms flower clusters,...

Grevillea alpina
2014-10-06 12:31:17

Grevillea alpina is an Australian shrub from the family Proteaceae. It is referred to by several common names: Mountain grevillea, Alpine grevillea, and Cat's claws. G. alpina is an interesting specimen visually. There is a large variation in the form, leaves and flowers of the plant. They usually measure between 1 and 6 feet in height. Its leaves can appear linear, oblong or elliptic. They...

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...

Quokka Setonix brachyurus
2012-10-27 16:53:56

The quokka (Setonix brachyurus) is the sole member of its genus, Setonix, and is a marsupial in the macropod family. It is native to Australia, holding a fragmented range that includes coastal islands like Bald Island and Rottnest Island. There is a small population in continental Australia located in Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve. On Rottnest Island, its preferred habitat includes areas in...

Blue Bonnet
2009-04-07 18:18:26

The Blue Bonnet (Northiella haematogaster) is a species of bird native to Australia. It is the only member of the genus Northiella. Its habitat includes open woodland, scrub, river forest, spinifex (a type of Australian grass), and farmlands. It is found throughout the eastern half of Australia, and a smaller race is found in the western Australian Nullarbor (flat, almost treeless, arid or...

Eastern Spinebill
2008-06-13 22:49:05

The eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris), is a species of honeyeater found in dry sclerophyll forest, scrub and heathland from the Cooktown area in North Queensland south through New South Wales east of the Great Dividing Range, through Victoria and into the Flinders Ranges in eastern South Australia as well as throughout Tasmania. Adaptable, they can be found in urban gardens with...

Gilberts Potoroo
2008-05-05 23:48:15

Gilbert's Potoroo (Potorous gilbertii), is an Australian marsupial that is critically endangered. It lives in a restricted area on the southwest coast of Western Australia.The potoroo was presumed extinct for 120 years before it was re-discovered in 1994 in Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve. In efforts to protect the remaining population three potoroos (one male and two females) were relocated...

Fairy Prion
2007-10-24 13:40:45

The Fairy Prion (Pachyptila turtur), is a small seabird found throughout the oceans and coastal areas in the Southern Hemisphere. Their colonies can be found on Chatham, Snares and Antipodes Islands of New Zealand, Bass Strait Islands of Australia, Falkland Islands, Marion Island, the Crozet Islands and Macquarie Island. The Fairy Prion is about 11 inches long. It has gray upper plumage,...

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