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Froggy Friday!!!! This pic of a motorbike frog (Litoria moorei) was captured by Sophie Cross @squamataout. This species is found in the south-west of Western Australia, and their interesting name comes from their distinct call – which has two components – a rising series of tones (similar to a motorbike changing gears, giving them their common name), followed by a series of warbling growls. Thanks for sharing your pic with us Sophie! #wildlifephotography #frogsofinstagram #australianfrogs #frog #motorbikefrog #australia #froggyfriday
Recently I was contacted for a radio interview with ABC North West to talk about my PhD work with Varanids. While a nerve wracking experience (my first interview- probably evident to listeners!), it was an exciting opportunity to talk about my work, and some of the problems facing conservation of our incredible native wildlife. Science communication is an essential component of research.
Here’s a summary of the interview. Please note, BHS is VHF (probably the fault of my nervous voice!)
If you have any further questions about my work, please get in touch.
Grey headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus)
Crimson rosella (Platycercus elegans)
Two common species of varanids within Western Australia are Varanus gouldii, and Varanus panoptes. These two species are often confused. While having similar appearances, V. panoptes tend to grow larger and stockier than V. gouldii, and vary slightly in patterning. V. gouldii appear to have a more uniformly patterned body than V. panoptes, which typically have several well defined yellow spots. The following are some photos of each species.
Diplodactylus pulcher (with a very apt common name of the Pretty Gecko, or Fine Faced Gecko) are a relatively widespread and common species. D. pulcher has a wide variation in patterning, and can be difficult to differentiate from other species of the Diplodactylus genus, such as D. granariensis. This strikingly marked individual was found in Mid West Western Australia in an open area of a region largely dominated by mulga vegetation.
Perentie’s (Varanus giganteus) are Australia’s largest lizard, growing up to around 2.5m long. Pictured is a juvenile perentie found in Rothsay, WA (close to the southern most end of their distribution).
Varying colour morphs of Litoria moorei.
Western netted dragon’s are found throughout most of arid/semi arid Western Australia, and parts of South Australia. This species typically lives in woody hollows, rock crevices, or shallow burrows, often in and around acacia shrublands.
The bulk of fieldwork is starting to wrap up for the year, so figured it was about time to update the website with some cool reptile finds! So far the list of herp species observations for this season stands at 11, 7 of those being new species for me (some pictured below).
Mine sites may be the most scenic of places, but the storms out this way are pretty incredible. These shots are from a two hour lighting show a few weeks ago.