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Listed under:  Science  >  Life  >  Ecosystems  >  Habitats
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Black coral

This is a colour underwater photograph of black coral. The coral is a light green colour with a black tree-like skeleton. Some small fish are swimming nearby. (Classification - Phylum: Cnidaria; Class: Anthozoa; Order: Antipatheria.)

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Fungi: how they grow

If a mushroom is not a plant, what is it? Discover a group of living things that are neither animals nor plants. Explore the mysterious world of fungi and find out the conditions that they need before they can grow.

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Banks' brown butterfly

This is an information sheet on Banks' brown butterfly ('Heteronympha banksii') with description, distribution, habitat, host plant and images. The information sheet is available as a PDF for download.

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Bright copper butterfly

This is an information sheet on the bright copper butterfly ('Paralucia aurifer') with description, distribution, habitat, host plant and images. The information sheet is available as a PDF for download.

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Cabbage white butterfly

This is an information sheet on the cabbage white butterfly ('Pieris rapae') with description, distribution, habitat, host plant and images. The information sheet is available as a PDF for download.

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Eltham copper butterfly

This is an information sheet on the Eltham copper butterfly ('Paralucia pyrodiscus lucida') with description, distribution, habitat, host plants and images. The information sheet is available as a PDF for download.

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Caddis flies

This is an information sheet on caddis flies (Order Trichoptera) with a description, details of their habitat and general biology. The information sheet is available as a PDF for download.

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Mayflies

This is an information sheet on mayflies, Order Ephemeroptera, with description, habitat and general biology.

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Victoria's huntsman spiders

This is an information sheet on the three types of huntsman spiders found in Victoria. It contains descriptions, information on habitat and biology, and images.

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Victorian funnel-web spider

This is an information sheet on the Victorian funnel-web spider ('Hadronyche modesta').

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Red-back spider

This is an information sheet on the red-back spider ('Latrodectus hasseltii').

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White-tailed spider

This is an information sheet on the white-tailed spider ('Lampona cylindrata').

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Melbourne trapdoor spider

This is an information sheet on the Melbourne trapdoor spider ('Stanwellia').

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Giant Gippsland earthworm

This is an information sheet on the giant Gippsland earthworm ('Megascolides australis').

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Common bottlenose dolphins, 'Tursiops truncatus'

This is a colour photograph of a small pod of common bottlenose dolphins ('Tursiops truncatus') swimming in the ocean. This photograph was taken in Fiordland, New Zealand, where a specialised group of common bottlenose dolphins live within the fiords. (Classification - Phylum: Chordata; Class: Mammalia; Order: Cetartiodactyla; ...

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Measuring photosynthesis

This is a colour underwater photograph of marine scientist Candida Savage using a scientific instrument known as the diving-PAM. The diving-PAM is being used to measure photosynthesis in corals in Fiji. Candida Savage is wearing full diving clothing and equipment including mask, wetsuit and oxygen tanks.

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Marine trophic pyramid

This image displays a type of diagram known as a trophic (or ecological) pyramid. This example depicts the organisms and the matter and energy flows in a typical marine ecosystem. The diagram shows six levels of organisms from primary producers through to the top carnivores, arranged in a pyramid. Also represented is the ...

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New Zealand's marine environment

This is a colour video clip of a marine scientist, Dr Candida Savage, discussing the large variety of different habitats within New Zealand's marine environment. Dr Savage is a teacher and researcher at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

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Environmental forensics at sea

The main screen shows a marine environment and research boat against a background of coastal hills and a fiord. There are two entry points for investigation: Phytoplankton clues and Sediment cores, containing five interviews with a scientist explaining how science investigations can be used as a forensic tool to investigate ...

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Saving the northern hairy-nosed wombat

Just what is going on with the northern hairy-nosed wombat? Find out why scientists are working hard to understand more about this elusive Australian mammal. Watch this clip to find out about the ecology of this wombat species and to view some field and laboratory research aimed at saving it. You will also see some footage ...