Bush Blitz scientists are heading out to Tasmania’s central highlands next week hoping to discover more new species, this time on the evocatively named Skullbone Plains.
The team of around 20 scientists — from museums, herbariums, universities and botanical gardens throughout Australia — will spend five days surveying this stunning 1,650 hectare property in search of new species, and to document the plants and animals that live there.
Recently added to Australia’s National Reserve System, Skullbone Plains is now managed for conservation by the Tasmanian Land Conservancy. The property includes an amazing diversity of habitats such as woodlands, grasslands and ancient peat bogs — providing homes to a range of threatened native species including the iconic Tasmanian devil, the spotted-tail quoll and the nationally endangered Clarence galaxias.
This is Bush Blitz’s 13th expedition and its second in Tasmania. During the previous Tasmanian blitz scientists were blown away to discover a species of racing stripe spider that had only ever been found in dry areas of mainland Australia — where it was known to feed on cane toads! Goodness knows what it eats in Tassie (scientists suspect frogs and lizards).
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Jo, Bush Blitz