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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

Cyathus olla
Cyathus olla
Cyathus olla
Cyathus olla
Cyathus olla
Cyathus olla

This is one of the Birds Nest Fungi. The fruit body resembles a cone, with the narrow end attached to the substrate. It may be buff, grey-brown, greyish and up to 15 millimetres tall. Within the cone are a number of disk-like ‘eggs’ (technically peridioles). Initially the broad top is co... Continue reading

Hydromys chrysogaster (Rakali or Water Rat)

Hydromys chrysogaster
Hydromys chrysogaster
Hydromys chrysogaster
Hydromys chrysogaster
Hydromys chrysogaster
Hydromys chrysogaster

The Australian water-rat (Hydromys chrysogaster) is a genuine native rodent that was a natural part of our environment long before its pest cousins - the black rat and brown rat - arrived with the early colonists. The water-rat (also known as rakali) is an extremely attractive mammal. Its thick coat... Continue reading

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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Xanthorrhoea glauca subsp. angustifolia
Xanthorrhoea glauca subsp. angustifolia
Xanthorrhoea glauca subsp. angustifolia
Xanthorrhoea glauca subsp. angustifolia
Xanthorrhoea glauca subsp. angustifolia
Xanthorrhoea glauca subsp. angustifolia

Protected NSW. Grey Grass-tree is the only species of Xanthorrhoea occurring in the ACT. The ACT is on the eastern limit of the plant's range that stretches from inland Victoria to Inverell in NSW. This species was last systematically surveyed for in the ACT in the 1970s and there are few recent re... Continue reading

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