ACT Most Wanted!

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We need your help finding any sightings of the following rare species. If you see them in your travels please report them. Some we suspect are more common than existing records suggest. Your sighting will help direct conservation managment to where it is needed.

4 species

Asplenium trichomanes (Common spleenwort)

Asplenium trichomanes
Asplenium trichomanes
Asplenium trichomanes
Asplenium trichomanes
Asplenium trichomanes
Asplenium trichomanes

The status of this widespread cosmopolitanfern in the ACT region is uncertain. There are only few recent records, mainly from limestone area such as London Bridge and the Cotter Caves. It is also known from areas in Namadgi and is probably more widespread than current records indicate. It is recogn... Continue reading

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Corunastylis clivicola (Rufous midge orchid)

Corunastylis clivicola
Corunastylis clivicola
Corunastylis clivicola
Corunastylis clivicola
Corunastylis clivicola
Corunastylis clivicola

Nearly half of the national records of this species are fromthe ACT(Atlas of Living Australia and Canberra Nature Map 1/12/2017). It is a widespread species stretching in an arch from Mt Barker in the Adelaide Hills, through central Victoria through the south west slopes of NSW up to near Bathurst. ... Continue reading

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Cyperus lucidus (Leafy flat sedge)

Cyperus lucidus
Cyperus lucidus
Cyperus lucidus
Cyperus lucidus
Cyperus lucidus
Cyperus lucidus

Leafy Flat Sedge is common along the east coast of Australia, but is close to itsin-land limit in the ACT, where there have been less than five recent records and the total know population is less than 100 plants. It is supected that it is more common in the ACT region than the record suggests and t... Continue reading

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Papyrius nitidus (Coconut Ant)

Papyrius nitidus Coconut Ants are only a few mm long
Papyrius nitidus Twiggy + chewed Cardboard like covering
Papyrius nitidus Material found in timber cracks
Papyrius nitidus
Papyrius nitidus
Papyrius nitidus

The Coconut Ant is essential to the survival of the nationally rare Small Ant-blue Butterfly, with the butterfly spending its larvae and pupae stages within the ant's nest. The Small Ant-blue is only known from a few locations both in the ACT and nationally, while the Coconut Ant seems quite widespr... Continue reading

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