18th December 2013

New discovery, 1st stygal beetle in Pilbara, new copepod species

Jane McRae has co-authored two of the four papers in the second issue of the Records of the Western Australian Museum for 2013.  The first paper with Chris Watts from the South Australian Museum describes the first species of beetle (family Dytiscidae) to be found in Pilbara groundwater (link), discovered by Sean Bennett and Jim Cocking.  Despite […]

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9th December 2013

Stygofauna in the 21st century

Bennelongia was a sponsor of the 52nd Australian Society for Limnology congress at the University of Canberra, December 2013.  Stuart Halse spoke about key conservation issues for stygofauna and the environmental assessment process. Here is the powerpoint presentation, which is also in the gallery below.

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6th December 2013

Seven new ostracod species discovered

Another paper in the series describing new species of Bennelongia ostracods has been published (link).  Koen Martens, Stuart Halse and Isa Schön have just described another 7 species from WA, mostly occurring in granite rock pools.  This adds to the 9 species from WA and 3 species from Queensland described in 2012; many more await […]

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28th November 2013

2013 Elachbutting BioBlitz

Michael Curran attended the 2013 BioBlitz at Elachbutting Rock Reserve. Around one hundred and twenty-five people participated in surveys at the small bush reserve situated 53km NE of Mukinbudin and 303km NE of Perth. Pseudoscorpions, scorpions, isopods, trapdoor spiders, platyhelminthes, millipedes and centipedes were collected and could include some new species! Great work volunteers and thanks […]

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6th November 2013

2013 Australian Entomological Society Conference

Stuart Halse gave a talk at a subterranean fauna symposium session at the Australian Entomological Society conference in Adelaide on 20 September about ranges and genetic variability of troglofauna species in the Pilbara. Here is the abstract and powerpoint presentation, which is also below in the gallery.

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6th May 2013

Koen Martens and Isa Schön visit

Koen Martens and Isa Schön have just returned to Belgium after visiting Perth as part of their continuing work on the taxonomy of WA ostracods of the genera Bennelongia, Heterocypris and Ilyodromus. During their most recent visit, another paper was completed describing seven new species of Bennelongia from granite rock pools (here).  Both morphological and […]

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2nd May 2013

Environment Matters: Subterranean Fauna

Last night the Conservation Council of WA (CCWA) hosted a talk on subterranean fauna in their Environment Matters seminar series, titled WA’s unique subterranean fauna: current threats and future risks. Stuart Halse and Michael Curran attended. Guest speakers comprised Dr Mark Harvey (WA Museum), Garth Humphreys (Biota) and Bridget Hyder (EPA). The first two speakers discussed questions […]

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24th December 2012

2012 ECA (WA) Christmas Sundowner

Thanks to the ECA for hosting a wonderful function. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years!   See here for the ECA news item.

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14th December 2012

Bennelongia welcomes Lars Hendrich

Bennelongia welcomes Lars Hendrich as an associate. Lars is currently a Curator of insects at the Zoological State Collection in Munich, Germany.  He has previously been a Visiting Scientist at the South Australian Museum (working with Dr Chris Watts) and has worked in the Entomological Department of the Museum of Natural History in Basel, Switzerland and the Federal Agency […]

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21st November 2012

Walpole Fire Mosaic Study Spring 2012

DEC staff, Janet Farr, Paul van Heurck and Allan Wills under Neil Burrows, hypothesised that a fine-grained mosaic of patches of vegetation representing a range of biologically-derived fire frequencies, seasons and intensities will provide diverse habitat opportunities and can also contribute to reducing the occurrence of large, damaging and homogenising wildfires. The Walpole Fire Mosaic […]

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