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Conservation Status Of Australian Snubfin Dolphin, Orcaella Heinsohni, And Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin, Sousa Chinensis, In The Capricorn Coast, Central Queensland, Australia, Daniele Cagnazzi Jan 2010

Conservation Status Of Australian Snubfin Dolphin, Orcaella Heinsohni, And Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin, Sousa Chinensis, In The Capricorn Coast, Central Queensland, Australia, Daniele Cagnazzi

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This study examined populations of Australian snubfin dolphins (Orcaella heinsohni) and Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins (Sousa chinensis) inhabiting the coastal waters of the Capricorn Section of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Queensland, Australia. A total of 189 humpback dolphins and 54 snubfin dolphins were identified during 1,760 hours and 20,248 kms of transect surveys completed between 2006 and 2008 in the Capricorn Coast region. Humpback dolphins were found in three different sites: Port Curtis, Keppel Bay and the Northern Region of the study area. In contrast, snubfin dolphins were found only in the Keppel Bay study area. Both ...


The Natural History, Conservation Status And Ecology Of The Eastern Pygmy-Possum (Cercartetus Nanus), Jamie Mark Harris Jan 2010

The Natural History, Conservation Status And Ecology Of The Eastern Pygmy-Possum (Cercartetus Nanus), Jamie Mark Harris

Theses

Many populations of Australian wildlife appear to be diminishing as human activities rapidly encroach on natural areas. Modern conservation efforts seek to provide management solutions, focussing particularly on those species that are officially classed as threatened. However, knowledge of the true status of most species is glaringly incomplete, with fundamental information about distribution and abundance yet to be properly assembled. Hence, there is an increasing need for applied research, particularly on the under-studied species, to assist efforts to conserve wildlife. The eastern pygmy-possum (Cercartetus nanus) provides a good example of a species that requires further study, particularly because it is ...


Actiniaria (Cnidaria: Anthozoa) Of Port Phillip Bay, Victoria : Including A Taxonomic Case Study Of Oulactis Muscosa And Oulactis Mcmurrichi, Michela Mitchell Jan 2010

Actiniaria (Cnidaria: Anthozoa) Of Port Phillip Bay, Victoria : Including A Taxonomic Case Study Of Oulactis Muscosa And Oulactis Mcmurrichi, Michela Mitchell

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This study is the first dedicated survey cataloguing the actiniarian fauna of Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, Australia. There is a paucity of knowledge of Australian Actiniaria (true sea anemones) fauna. Therefore, Australian marine fauna surveys and most field guide books identify many sea anemones only to genus, if they are identified at all. Much of the knowledge of Australian actiniarian fauna is based upon preserved specimens, resulting from broad scale surveys, and sent to overseas actiniarian specialists for identification and description, and most species lack information on important in-vivo characteristics.

Surveys of Actiniaria fauna were conducted in new, and previously ...