Origin of Life

Origin of Life

An exploration of how life developed on Earth

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Greater Glider

Petauroides volans by Department of National Parks (Qld)

The Greater Glider is Australia's largest gliding marsupial.

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Blue-billed Duck

Blue-billed duck © David Taylor

The Blue-billed Duck, Oxyura australis, is a species that's rarely seen due to its affinity for deep-water lakes and wetlands.

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IDthis

idthat

​Plant, fungi and animal identification

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Greater Sooty Owl

Greater Sooty Owl

Prior to European settlement the Greater Sooty Owl was abundant in Victoria's montane forests. Due to loss of habitat, it is now listed as endangered in Victoria.

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Tasmanian Devil

Tasmanian Devil Baby

Tasmanian Devils are threatened by Devil Facial Tumour Disease. The disease afflicts three quarters of Tasmania's Devils but is absent from Devils in the Tarkine in Tasmania's North West.

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Superb Lyrebird

Superb lyrebird in Marysville State Forest, Australia © Donovan Wilson

Ecosystem engineer and master imitator

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Leadbeater's Possum

Leadbeater's Possum. Image by Justin McManus

The Leadbeater's or "fairy possum" is Victoria's iconic faunal emblem. This marsupial lives in ancient tree hollows in Toolangi and the Central Highlands and when fully grown can fit in the palm of a human hand.

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Baw Baw Frog

Baw Baw Frog via Zoos Victoria
The Baw Baw Frog, Philoria frosti, a mottled brown-black native of Mount Baw Baw, is listed under the IUCN red list as critically endangered.
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Frogs

fvia via pbs.org
Incredibly diverse, colourful, endlessly fascinating, and cute and squelchy, frogs are sadly threatened in many parts of the world. Tag anything frog related here!

Christmas Island Pipistrelle

Chsitmas Island Pipistrelle by Dr Lindy Lumsden
The Christmas Island Pipistrelle,  Pipistrellus murrayi , has not been declared extinct under the EPBC Act but the species has not been heard or sighted since a team of researchers was sent to Christmas Island in 2009.

Threatened Species in Australia

Threatened Species in Australia (Pictured: Leadbeater's Possum, Quokka, Powerful Owl, Glossy Black Cockatoo, Barred Galaxias, Yellow-bellied Glider, Growling Grass Frog, Giant Freshwater Crayfish)

Australia is facing a biodiversity crisis, over 500 species are listed as threatened under the Federal Environmental Preservation and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

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Glossy Black Cockatoo

Glossy Black Cockatoo by Maureen Goninan

The Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Calyptorhynchus lathami, is the smallest of the five black-cockatoos. Populations have declined, with local extinctions and range contraction mainly caused by habitat clearing.

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Rewilding

Trophic Cascades

Rewilding is large-scale conservation aimed at restoring and protecting natural processes and core wilderness areas, providing connectivity between such areas, and protecting or reintroducing apex predators and keystone species.

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Powerful Owl

Powerful Owl via Coal Point Progress Association

The Powerful Owl, Ninox Strenua, is Australia's largest owl. It lives mainly in tall, humid forests but can also be found in semi-arid areas.

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Quokka

Quokka by @cambojones2020

​The Quokka, Setonix brachyurus, dubbed "the World's Happiest Animal", is a small marsupial, about the size of a domestic cat, found on some smaller islands off the coast of WA and in the state's South West.

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Helmeted Honeyeater

Helmeted Honeyeater by David Hack

The Helmeted Honeyeater, aka HeHo, is Victoria's bird emblem. HeHos live in swamp forests in Victoria's East and are critically endangered, with a wild population of only 150.

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Growling Grass Frog

Growling Grass Frog by Tereza T via Wikipedia
The Growling Grass Frog, Litoria Raniformis , once widespread around Victoria now exists in isolated pockets in the greater Melbourne area and South-West, Central and Eastern Victoria.

Mountain Pygmy Possum

Mountain Pygmy Possum by David Hack

The Mountain Pygmy Possum is Australia's only hibernating marsupial. It lives in Victoria's highlands and spends 6 months of the year hibernating and the rest frolicking in the high plains. 

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Regent Honeyeater

Regent Honeyeater by Tim Dolby

​The Regent Honeyeater, Anthochaera phrygia, closely related to the wattlebird, is a critically endangered native pollenator that has suffered greatly from land clearing and degradation.

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