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Ngangkan Culture Camp and Biodiversity Survey



Ngangkan Culture Camp and Biodiversity Survey


Warddeken Rangers


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Warddeken Indigenous Protected area.


Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; Discusses the purpose of the survey as being an opportunity for the local Warddeken traditional owners and their families as well as rangers and scientists from the Northern Territory Government to work together and learn about the biodiversity of animals found in the area as well as learning about their own local culture; describes the type of animals that were caught in the traps that included feral cats which would be eradicated; also discusses the location of the survey as being at Ngangkan in Ngolkwarre country located at Warddeken on the western Arnhem Plateau of the Northern Territory.


This project was supported by funding from the Australian Government’s National Environmental Research Programs. Warddeken Land Management logo on front cover - Northern Territory Government logo on back cover.

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Where and why? -- Who was there? -- What we did - Cultural activities - Animal survey - How we put our traps out - Spotlighting -- What did we find? -- What did we find spotlighting? -- Species list --Our thoughts and what next




Feral animals; Cat control; Environmental management; Culture; Bush tucker; Aboriginal Australians

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National Environmental Research Program Northern Australia Hub

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18 pages : colour illustrations, colour maps ; 15 cm x 30 cm.

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16 Species list This is a list of all the animals we found during the Ngangkan Survey in 2013. It includes animals caught in traps, seen during searches or spotlights and animal tracks and droppings. Animals in red are feral animals. GROUP SPECIES COMMON NAME Frog Crinia bilingua Bilingual Froglet Limnodynastes lignarius Carpenter Frog Litoria bicolor Northern Dwarf Tree-frog Litoria caerulea Green Tree-frog Litoria meiriana Rockhole Frog Litoria wotjulumensis Wotjulum Frog Uperoleia arenicola Jabiru Toadlet Uperoleia sp. Toadlet Reptile Carlia amax Two-Spined Rainbow Skink Carlia gracilis Slender Rainbow Skink Chelosania brunnea Chameleon Dragon Chlamydosaurus kingii Frilled Lizard Cryptoblepharus cygnatus Swanson's Snake-eyed Skink Ctenophorus caudicinctus Ring-tailed Dragon Ctenotus coggeri Cogger's Ctenotus Ctenotus inornatus Plain Ctenotus Ctenotus quirinus Arnhem Land Ctenotus2 Ctenotus vertebralis Scant-Striped Ctenotus Diporiphora bilineata Two-Lined Dragon GROUP SPECIES COMMON NAME Reptile Gehyra nana Northern Spotted Rock Dtella Gehyra pamela Arnhem Land Spotted Dtella Heteronotia planiceps North-west Prickly Gecko Lucasium stenodactylum Crowned Gecko Morethia storri Storr's Snake-Eyed Skink Notoscincus ornatus Ornate Snake-Eyed Skink Proablepharus tenuis Slender Snake-Eyed Skink Pseudonaja nuchalis Western Brown-Snake Pseudothecadactylus lindneri Giant Cave Gecko Strophurus ciliaris Spiny-tailed Gecko Varanus baritji Black-spotted Spiny-tailed Monitor Mammal Bubalus bubalis Swamp Buffalo Felis catus Cat Hydromys chrysogaster Water-rat Macropus bernardus Black Wallaroo Melomys burtoni Grassland Melomys Pseudantechinus bilarni Sandstone Antechinus Tachyglossus aculeatus Echidna Zyzomys argurus Common Rock-rat