History UsefulNotes / AustralianWildlife

1st Nov '17 8:57:46 PM RaineyH
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* Grasstrees (genus ''Xanthorrhoea''). A group of slow growing trees with long slender leaves that look like grass and many have a long spike growing from the middle that contains seed buds. Like gum trees they not only can survive bushfires but actually require fire to open their seed pods.

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* ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banksia Banksia.]]'' A diverse genus of spectacular flowers, 90% of which are endemic to Western Australia. Closely related to the [[CulturalPosturing nearly-as-spectacular]] ''Protea'' species of South Africa, as well as the aforementioned ''Macadamia'', and distantly related to sycamores (plane-trees) and lotuses for those of you in the G-8 countries.
* Grasstrees (genus ''Xanthorrhoea''). A group of slow growing trees with long slender leaves that look like grass and many have a long spike growing from the middle that contains seed buds. Like gum trees and many ''Banksias'', they not only can survive bushfires but actually require fire to open their seed pods.



* Though a fungus and not a plant, [[http://www.climatewatch.org.au/species/plants/ghost-fungus the Ghost Fungus]] ''[[BioluminescenceIsCool glows in the dark]]''. Whatever you do, ''[[SincerityMode don't eat it]]'' (it is a {{Poison Mushroom}} despite its close relation and similar shape to the edible Oyster Mushroom). What's more, it's common on the East Coast between and around {{UsefulNotes/Sydney}} and {{UsefulNotes/Melbourne}} ''where people are most likely to encounter it''.

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* Though a fungus and not a plant, [[http://www.climatewatch.org.au/species/plants/ghost-fungus the Ghost Fungus]] ''[[BioluminescenceIsCool glows in the dark]]''. Whatever you do, ''[[SincerityMode don't eat it]]'' (it is a {{Poison Mushroom}} despite its close relation and similar shape to the edible Oyster Mushroom). [[note]] [[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle For you tropers in the Northern Hemisphere]], the jack o'lantern mushrooms also glow and are also toxic (although not lethal), and can be confused with the lovely and delicious chanterelle.[[/note]] What's more, it's common on the East Coast between and around {{UsefulNotes/Sydney}} and {{UsefulNotes/Melbourne}} ''where people are most likely to encounter it''.
1st Nov '17 7:50:58 PM RaineyH
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4th Oct '17 10:48:29 PM Yalsaris63
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* The White-Tailed Spider, named for its long, narrow, oval shaped abdomen ending in a prominent white splotch. Infamous for being the primary suspect as the "necrotizing spider", an unidentified (thus far) species of spider whose venom induces necrosis in human victims. Which means ''[[BodyHorror your living flesh rots away for months on end]]'' after being bitten by it. With no cure available.

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* The White-Tailed Spider, named for its long, narrow, oval shaped abdomen ending in a prominent white splotch. Infamous for being the primary suspect as the "necrotizing spider", an unidentified (thus far) species of spider whose venom induces necrosis in human victims. Which means ''[[BodyHorror your living flesh rots away for months on end]]'' after being bitten by it. With no cure available. And you thought Brown Recluse Spiders were bad...
24th Sep '17 2:15:50 AM ShadowoftheSun
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_white_ibis Australian White Ibis]]: A close relative of the Sacred Ibis revered by the ancient Egyptians. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?sns=fb&v=mO-OpFjHRbE&app=desktop Modern Australians have a different opinion.]]

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_white_ibis Australian White Ibis]]: A close relative of the Sacred Ibis revered by the ancient Egyptians. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?sns=fb&v=mO-OpFjHRbE&app=desktop Modern Australians have a different opinion.]] [[https://savingourtrees.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/ibis-cartoon-saving-our-trees.jpg Although some people like to point out that it's not the ibis' fault.]]
13th Jul '17 3:45:50 PM StevieC
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Australia has, without a doubt, some of the strangest animals around. We have poisonous toads that didn't do the job, there are the famous cute species like kangroos, koalas, and wombats, a host of not-so-cute and incredibly deadly creatures, and some of the world's only egg-laying mammals, who are quite cute themselves at a safe distance. Aren't we lucky?

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Australia has, without a doubt, some of the strangest animals around. We have poisonous toads that didn't do the job, there are the famous cute species like kangroos, kangaroos, koalas, and wombats, a host of not-so-cute and incredibly deadly creatures, and some of the world's only egg-laying mammals, who are quite cute themselves at a safe distance. Aren't we lucky?
2nd Jul '17 10:44:53 PM MagnusForce
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myrmecia_(ant) Bull Ants]], which grow more than a centimetre long and have a bite that has been known to cause [[https://www.allergy.org.au/patients/insect-allergy-bites-and-stings/allergic-reactions-to-bites-and-stings anaphylaxis]]. Being an ant, they also [[ZergRush attack in swarms]].

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myrmecia_(ant) Bull Bulldog Ants]], which grow more than a centimetre long and have a bite that has been known to cause [[https://www.allergy.org.au/patients/insect-allergy-bites-and-stings/allergic-reactions-to-bites-and-stings anaphylaxis]]. Being an ant, they also [[ZergRush attack in swarms]].
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_burrowing_cockroach The Giant Burrowing Cockroach]] (aka the Rhinoceros Cockroach or the Litterbug). Found in tropical Queensland, these guys are the heaviest cockroach species in the world (''35 grams'') and are considered vital to the ecosystems they live in, since they help dead leaves decompose and churn up fresh soil. They are flightless {{Gentle Giant}}s, so some folks keep them as pets.
23rd Jun '17 1:49:28 AM albertonykus
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** Less well-known is the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree-kangaroo tree kangaroo]], related to its land-dwelling cousin. It is ungainly on the ground but very proficient in the trees, and mostly eats leaves and fruit. It lives in the far northeast of Australia, parts of Papua New Guinea, and several nearby islands.

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** Less well-known is are the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree-kangaroo tree kangaroo]], kangaroos]], related to its their land-dwelling cousin. It is cousins. They are ungainly on the ground but very proficient in the trees, and mostly eats eat leaves and fruit. It lives They live in the far northeast of Australia, parts of Papua New Guinea, and several nearby islands.
23rd Jun '17 12:03:18 AM AirofMystery
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** Less well-known is the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree-kangaroo tree kangaroo]], related to its land-dwelling cousin. It is ungainly on the ground but very proficient in the trees, and mostly eats leaves and fruit. It lives in the far northeast of Australia, parts of Papua New Guinea, and several nearby islands.
17th Apr '17 12:22:17 PM LB7979
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* Kangaroo. We all know what it looks like. A giant brown/red/grey (depends on location) marsupial with a massive tail, tiny arms and legs that, as Creator/TerryPratchett accurately described, "could disembowel you with a kick". It also appears on the 50 cent coin with the emu. And no, males don't have pouches. And no, [[KangarooPouchRide you can't ride in them]]. Even if you ask nicely. The males are often known as "boomers", and the females as "flyers". A group of kangaroos is called a "mob", but no one has ever thought to ask why... It's possible they're called that because they've been known to lure dogs into water and then make them "sleep with the fishes".

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* Kangaroo. Kangaroos
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We all know what it looks they look like. A giant brown/red/grey Giant brown / red / grey (depends on location) marsupial marsupials with a massive tail, tails, tiny arms and legs that, as Creator/TerryPratchett accurately described, "could disembowel you with a kick". It They also appears appear on the 50 cent coin coin, with the emu. And no, males don't have pouches. And no, [[KangarooPouchRide you can't ride in them]]. Even if you ask nicely. The males are often known as "boomers", and the females as "flyers". A group of kangaroos is called a "mob", but no one has ever thought to ask why... It's possible they're called that because they've been known to lure dogs into water and then make them "sleep with the fishes".



** And their hopping mode of travel uses less energy per weight per distance than anything science has been able to devise, with minimal need for contrarian balancing motions, that can only be used by creatures with the kangaroo's specific anatomy and only on its specific habitat of flat wide open spaces.
** Females have an unusual breeding system which manages to make this group of marsupials very successful. It has three vaginas, but only one would have a developing embryo at a time. The gestation period is very small, about 33 days or so. The baby enters the world as a tiny grub-like thing which then crawls from the birth canal to the pouch, where it then latches onto a nipple and continues to grow for another 4 months or so. Once it is big enough, it then comes out as a baby joey. The mother is also able to halt development of potential embryos if the pouch is occupied. This system enables a mother kangaroo to potentially have three babies at the same time in different stages of development: A joey hopping about outside, a joey developing in the pouch, and an embryo inside the uterus.

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** And their Their hopping mode of travel uses less energy per weight per distance than anything science has been able to devise, with minimal need for contrarian balancing motions, that can only be used by creatures with the kangaroo's specific anatomy and only on its specific habitat of flat wide open spaces.
** Females have an unusual breeding system which manages to make this group of marsupials very successful. It has They have three vaginas, but only one would can have a developing embryo at a time. The gestation period is very small, short, about 33 days or so.days. The baby enters the world as a tiny grub-like thing which then crawls from the birth canal to the pouch, where it then latches onto a nipple and continues to grow for another 4 months or so. Once it is big enough, it then comes out as a baby joey. The mother is also able to halt development of potential embryos if the pouch is occupied. This system enables a mother kangaroo to potentially have three babies at the same time in different stages of development: A a joey hopping about outside, a joey developing in the pouch, and an embryo inside the uterus.
21st Mar '17 9:59:41 AM ginsengaddict
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myrmecia_(ant) Bull Ants]], which grow more than a centimetre long and have a bite that has been known to cause [[https://www.allergy.org.au/patients/insect-allergy-bites-and-stings/allergic-reactions-to-bites-and-stings anaphylaxis]]. Being an ant, they also [[ZergRush attack in swarms]].
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