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Newsletter of the Northern Territory Field Naturalists' Club Inc.


Northern Territory Field Naturalists' Club Inc.


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Newsletter, November 2020

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Nature Territory - November 2020Page 6 Chitter Chatter - excerpts from the Clubs Facebook group Kate Triska - 4 November Can someone tell me what this is please? Found in Kakadu! Greg Calvert - Its a Solanum, but not sure which one as there are a few different species in Kakadu. Maybe Solanum echinatum? Jess Ba - I shared this on the indigenous plant group and Peter Craig Jobson said Solanum ultraspinosum. People proceeded to joke about the name but its legit. Jess Ba - Then this was attached, article on two news species of Solanum from NT: https://www.researchgate. net/.../584dcbc508aed95.../download Marlis Crocker - 31 October Brown moth lights up with camera flash. Dominic Funnell - Was this taken in the NT? This looks on my phone like Speiredonia obscura which I didnt think occurred in the NT. Marlis Crocker - its taken here in the NT Farrar. Dominic Funnell - I will try and look on my laptop this arvo and look on a larger screen and see if I can find any up here updated distribution data. Interesting record Heather Ryan - Im also confused. I have this photo that looks similar & had previous named S.zamis from A Field Guide to Insects in Australia 1995. Dominic Funnell - not sure if purely a name change or a splitting of one species. S.zamis still a valid species but now the Australian specimens are called obscura and zamis is from elsewhere in the Indo-Pacific region Rodney Fischer - 3 November Another rescue today. From a distance it looked like a Roo carcass until she lifted her head, couldnt see any wounds from the croc. Croc is alive. Kim McLachlan - Just goes to show the torpor the crocs go into in this state. The amount of energy expended and lactic acid produced to kill the prey considering there is no water for an easy drown and then digest the food would probably be enough to kill the croc. Better for it to stay buried in the mud to stay cool and keep metabolism slow to wait out the dry spell. If the mud was to dry up entirely encasing the croc, it will overheat and die. Zoom in to see croc lying next to stuck cow.

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