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Annual Report 2021–2022, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory



Annual Report 2021–2022, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

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68 and Baseline Assessment (SREBA) of the Beetaloo Basin for the Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security, which involved specimen identification and follow-up genetic studies. This year was also a busy year on the scientific publications front, with 10 journal articles published. Reporting was also completed on the Groote Eylandt Bush Blitz, which had a focus on poorly sampled habitats (i.e. remote) and species groups (i.e. cryptobenthic estuarine gobies) for species discovery to western science, taxonomy and to provide information for land management. Some unique behaviours were observed whereby gobies were recorded resting within woody debris in areas exposed above water at low tide. Several virtual scientific presentations were made this year, and June saw the first opportunity to start reconnecting with stakeholders by face-to-face meetings with museums, universities, other researchers and community groups undertaken in Melbourne and Perth. The Worm Goby Citizen Science Project reached a 10-year milestone. Reports show a steady increase in records of unusual worm gobies collected from the Northern Territory and beyond. MAGNT continued to actively engage with recreational anglers about worm gobies (Gobiidae: Amblyopinae) found in local muddy estuarine areas. Annual engagement is part of a long-term communication strategy due to the rarity of the fish, with an annual media campaign coinciding with the Build Up having wide reach on digital and social media. Reports by the public and researchers have increased more than 20-fold in the 10 years since the start of the project. Citizen science records supplement targeted MAGNT fieldwork and are incorporated into genetic, taxonomic and ecological research to better understand the group and local estuarine environments. The project is generously funded by gold level donor Janie Mason AM. Field research during extreme low tides in October 2021 at Jervois Park undersea telegraph cable site, combining Territory History and Marine Biodiversity, with (inset) juveniles of Silver Worm Goby recorded Examples of other related fishes found during fieldwork targeting Worm Gobies: left, Bluespotted Mudskipper, Boleophthalmus caeruleomaculatus, and right, head detail including large teeth of a Peacock Mudskipper, Apocryptodon wirzi