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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26th September 2012

2012 BioBlitz at Korrelocking

Michael Curran attended the 2012 BioBlitz at Korrelocking. Fifty-four people participated in surveys at the small bush reserve situated 11km east of Wyalkatchem and 175km NE of Perth. Pseudoscorpions, burrowing scorpions, isopods, trapdoor spiders and centipedes were collected and could include some new species! Thanks to Phil and Sharon Lewis, Mick Davis and all the volunteers. […]

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26th September 2012

New Australasian Goblin Spiders

The recently released paper “The New Australasian Goblin Spider Genus Prethopalpus (Araneae, Oonopidae)” authored by Barbara Baehr, Mark Harvey, Matthias Burger and Macro Thoma describes 39 new species! It includes one species named after David Attenborough (Prethopalpus attenboroughi) and three species named and collected by Bennelongia staff – Mike Scanlon (Prethopalus scanloni), Grant Pearson (Prethopalpus pearsoni) and […]

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26th September 2012

12th ISAO in Fremantle

Bennelongia co-sponsored the 12th International Symposium on Aquatic Oligochaeta at Fremantle, WA (Sep 10-13 2012). Jane McRae and Mike Scanlon attended the conference and associated taxonomic workshop. Congratulations to DEC scientist Adrian Pinder and colleagues for a very well organized conference.

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