8th January 2019

What does sampling tell us about the ecology of troglofauna? (ISBC 2018)

The conference abstract is available online at https://doi.org/10.3897/aca.1.e29829 and a video will be forthcoming. Sampling for troglofauna has many inherent constraints and these include survey timing and design. Stuart Halse and his co-authors analysed sampling data from the Pilbara and found little evidence of weather or timing affecting capture rates. Importantly, there is evidence to […]

Read More →
8th January 2019

Comparison of eDNA and traditional troglofauna sampling methods (ISBC 2018)

The conference abstract is available online – https://doi.org/10.3897/aca.1.e30282 and a video of Michael Curran‘s talk will be forthcoming. eDNA metabarcoding holds great promise for documenting the underground biota, but it currently faces significant challenges that will likely be met over the next decade. The troglofauna eDNA pilot study was unable to definitively confirm the presence […]

Read More →
8th January 2019

Cave Ecology

The book ‘Cave Ecology’ has recently been published – https://www.bookshare.org/browse/book/2357751. The MD Stuart Halse is one of the editors of the book and penned two chapters. Brief introductions to these chapters are provided below: Chapter 20 – Research in Calcretes and Other Deep Subterranean Habitats Outside Caves The outstanding difference between traditional subterranean fauna studies […]

Read More →
3rd October 2018

On the Ecology of Australia’s Arid Zone

The Managing Director, Stuart Halse, has had a book chapter published in ‘On the Ecology of Australia’s Arid Zone’. Stuart’s chapter talks about the subterranean fauna of the Australia’s arid zone. The major difference between this chapter and most accounts of subterranean fauna is the focus on underground habitats other than caves. The book is […]

Read More →
10th September 2018

Subterranean Biology Conference

The 24th International Conference on Subterranean Biology recently concluded. It was held in the University of Aveiro, Portugal. This small city offered a beautiful backdrop to the conference. A myriapod of topics were covered in the five workshops, 70 talks and poster session. Two staff from Bennelongia attended. The MD, Stuart Halse, and Principal Scientist, […]

Read More →
2nd May 2017

New stygal diving beetles to be described by Bennelongia staff

Bennelongia is excited to reveal the pending descriptions of several new species of stygobitic diving beetles (Dytiscidae) that were collected during recent sampling trips. Specimens of two putative species were collected late last year in the Gascoyne region by team members Michael Curran and Anton Mittra, while specimens from a previous study in the Yilgarn […]

Read More →
1st May 2017

Three new troglobitic cockroaches described

Bennelongia’s resident taxonomic powerhouse Jane McRae, former Bennelongia principle scientist Dr Andrew Trotter and senior ecologist Dean Main and geneticist Dr Terrie Finston have co-authored a paper describing three new species of troglobitic cockroach of the genus Nocticola from the Pilbara. Troglobitic cockroaches in WA are understudied, with only a handful of cave species having been […]

Read More →
28th February 2017

New ground beetles named after Bennelongia staff

Six new genera and 17 new species of troglobitic carabid beetles (Carabidae) from the Pilbara and Yilgarn regions have recently been described by Martin Baehr (The Bavarian State Collection of Zoology) and Dean Main. Eight species have been named in honour of past and present Bennelongia stalwarts Jane McCrae, Jim Cocking, Mike Scanlon, Michael Curran, Sean […]

Read More →
20th May 2016

Exploring patterns of diversity in complex subterranean systems with schizomids

In December 2015, Dr. Danilo Harms presented on patterns of diversity in subterranean systems at the Society of Australian Systematic Biologists (SASB) conference in Fremantle (external link). The project looked specifically at subterranean schizomids, an ancient or old world type of spider, that can be found today under very moist rainforest litter. Here are some subterranean schizomids from […]

Read More →
18th May 2016

A new administrator

Office management has had a changeover! Bennelongia would like to thank Brent Parker for over two years of work towards our accounts and administration. Diligent, dedicated and efficient. Bennelongia welcomes Christina-Maria Allen. She comes highly qualified with vast experience working at a high level for the Western Desert Lands Aboriginal Corporation (WDLAC).

Read More →