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Newsletter of the Northern Territory Field Naturalists' Club Inc.


Northern Territory Field Naturalists' Club Inc.


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Newsletter, March 2018

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Nature Territory - March 2018 Page 3 March Meeting Mangrove Mudpack: An Expos of Darwin?s Mangrove Molluscs presented by Adam Bourke Wednesday 14 March, 7.45 pm, CDU Casuarina, Room BLUE 2.1.51 Biography- Since 2011 Adam Bourke has worked as an environmental consultant specialising in the mangrove f lora and invertebrate fauna of Darwin Harbour?s mangrove forests. Over the past few years he has been putting together a f ield guide on the molluscs of Darwin?s mangroves and is in the f inal stages of writ ing up this soon to be published book. With over 150 species of molluscs recorded so far, Darwin Harbour?s mangroves have it all. From tiny snails the size of poppy seeds, to deep-burrowing clams that derive nutrit ion from sulphur-oxidizing bacteria, to tree-climbing marine slugs ? the molluscs inhabiting Darwin?s mangrove forests are wonderfully varied in their size, diversity and behaviour. Although molluscs are one of the most abundant groups of animals living within mangrove forests, there are few handbooks or f ield guides il lustrating their actual diversity. As such, Adam and two local experts have taken it upon themselves to produce Australia?s f irst f ield guide to mangrove-dwelling molluscs. His presentation provides an introduction to the molluscs living within our mangrove forests and showcases beautiful photographs of both the shells and the remarkable animals that make them. A tree-climbing mangrove slug (Platevindex sp.) on the trunk of a Ceriops tree. Photo: Adam The mangrove clam (Glauconome plankta) with fused siphons partially extended. Photo: Adam Bourke Upcoming Field Nat Activities April Meeting Wed 11 - Research on Chlamidia and Staphylococcus - Phillip Griffard April Field Trip Sat 14 (night) - Light trapping for insects at George Brown Botanic Gardens - Graham Brown This vivid red bubble snail (Haminoea sp.) is conspicuous on the mud of mangrove forests. Photo: Adam Bourke

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