Animals & Plants

From collections down to specific case studies on animals, plants and ecosystems, read about the range of Australian animals and plants to better understand, protect and strengthen our rich biodiversity.

15 August 2022

The Guardian, Other, 12/08/2022 The Discovery Boffins at the CSIRO have uncovered 139 new species! What are they and how […]

15 August 2022

ABC Online, Other, 14/08/2022, Gemma Conroy On the stark tablelands in the Monaro region just east of the NSW Snowy […]

1 August 2022

The Guardian, Other, 30/07/2022, Lara Sonnenschein A baby green sea turtle rescued from a Sydney beach had eaten so much […]

11 July 2022

Brisbane Times, Other, 10/07/2022, Laura Chung It’s been almost two centuries since the small Mitchell’s hopping mouse jumped across NSW, […]

16 June 2022

TimesNowNews.com, Other, 15/06/2022 Fish ears have a natural instrument’ that records minute changes in its habitat water over the aquatic […]

14 June 2022

Newswise, Other, 13/06/2022 Scientists have reported good news on the pandemic preparedness front: A cocktail of four manufactured antibodies is […]

9 June 2022

Nature World News, Other, 07/06/2022, Louise Franco Yellow crazy ants are multiplying in great numbers and are marching throughout Australia, […]

31 May 2022

Kids News, Other, 30/05/2022, Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson Artificial intelligence* could help stop one of the biggest threats to the Great Barrier […]

16 May 2022

Brisbane Times, Other, 16/05/2022, Stuart Layt Australian scientists have partnered with global tech giant Google to develop machine learning that […]

9 May 2022

Tasmanian Times, Other, 09/05/2022 Have you ever wondered what happens when our Antarctic supply ships, expeditioners and research vessels venture […]

9 May 2022

The SE Voice, Other, 10/05/2022, Eb Garamond The third and final dung beetle species imported to Australia as part of […]

9 May 2022

The Lismore App, Other, 07/05/2022 Researchers from Southern Cross University have helped uncover a new species of mountainfrog; Philoria knowlesi, […]

9 May 2022

Sydney Morning Herald, Other, 07/05/2022 There were thought to be only 1300 numbats left in Western Australia but a new […]

3 May 2022

EastMojo, eastmojo.com, 02/05/2022 Animals do all sorts of disgusting things. While these gross behaviours might turn our stomachs, they’re often […]

2 May 2022

The Guardian, Other, 30/04/2022 Australian scientists have discovered a new species of frog in south-east Queensland and it’s already classified […]

26 April 2022

Ur All News, urallnews.com, 25/04/2022 Clouds of smoke and ash from wildfires that ravaged Australia in 2019 and 2020 triggered […]

13 April 2022

The Saturday Paper, Other, 09/04/2022 The world’s longest sea animal, the siphonophore, measuring 46 metres, was discovered in Ningaloo Canyons, […]

13 April 2022

PS News, Other, 11/04/2022 The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is calling on nature lovers to become involved […]

4 April 2022

Moorabool News, Other, 02/04/2022, Helen Tatchell, Lachlan Ellis Exciting new technology has been part of local efforts to monitor koalas, […]

20 March 2022

Meat & Livestock Australia, Other, 18/03/2022 Immune competence is the strength of an animal’s immune system and is expected to […]

20 March 2022

ECOS, Other, 20/03/2022, Natalie Kikken CSIRO researchers are peering into the digestive processes of insects to see what happens when […]

16 March 2022

Trailer Magazine, Other, 15/03/2022 A crucial breakthrough has been discovered in Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Detection and Prevention. The […]

21 February 2022

ECOS, Other, 21/02/2022 CSIRO scientists have found that corals store dormant ‘seed banks ‘like forests do. This unexpected finding shows […]

14 February 2022

Technology Networks, Other, 10/02/2022 For the five-year project, Arcila is studying how fish, like pufferfish, boxfish, ocean sunfish and other […]

14 February 2022

VNExplorer, Other, 13/02/2022 The duck-billed platypus is a mammal native to Australia, and a team of scientists from Australia’s science […]

8 February 2022

South Coast News, Other, 04/02/2022, Nathan Schmidt Plastic strings tied to errant balloons have become the single biggest killer of […]

23 January 2022

PS News, Other, 20/01/2022 The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office have announced findings […]

23 January 2022

ABC Online, Other, 22/01/2022, Jane Bardon A team of researchers and Indigenous rangers have discovered why the Gulf of Carpentaria […]

17 January 2022

Australian Geographic, Other, 17/01/2022 Australia is richly endowed with earthworm biodiversity, but of the 750 or so named species of […]

20 December 2021

Good Fruit & Vegetables, Other, 18/12/2021 The world’s first true millipede with more than 1000 legs has been discovered in […]

14 December 2021

Southern Cross University, Other, 13/12/2021 The Coral IVF team inspecting the trial site at Heron Island in 2020. The first […]

13 December 2021

Forbes, Other, 10/12/2021, Melissa Cristina Márquez With a flick of its powerful tail, the large predator glides through the turquoise […]

13 December 2021

SeedQuest, Other, 11/12/2021 Researchers from The University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture have collaborated on a world-first study to […]

8 December 2021

ABC Online, Other, 08/12/2021, Jemima Burt The CSIRO has warned Australians to be more vigilant about our spindliest enemies this […]

6 December 2021

Country News, Other, 06/12/2021, Nathan Burdziejko A new report released by BirdLife Australia and Charles Darwin University shows a worrying […]

29 November 2021

Country News, Other, 30/11/2021, Geoff Adams Australia is in the grip of an unprecedented alien attack on its native wildlife […]

22 November 2021

The Guardian, Other, 23/11/2021, Lisa Cox Australia could face a wave of plant and animal extinctions by 2050 unless it […]

9 November 2021

Katherine Times, Other, 09/11/2021, Laine Clark Scientists have discovered weeds choking Australia’s freshwater coastal wetlands can be reduced by reconnecting […]

31 October 2021

ABC Online, Other, 31/10/2021, Kate Midena & Adrienne Francis Being bothered by bush flies is almost a rite of passage […]

20 October 2021

Noosa Today, Other, 19/10/2021 While vaccination queues have become commonplace across Australia, the sight of hundreds of koalas lining up […]

20 October 2021

The Guardian, Other, 20/10/2021, Donna Lu Targeted action is needed to combat the growing issue of “ghost nets” in the […]

18 October 2021

Nature World News, Other, 16/10/2021, Precious Smith A new type of Hendra virus has been discovered in flying foxes and […]

18 October 2021

Sydney Arts Guide, Other, 17/10/2021, Carol Dance Extinct describes and illustrates 39 Australian creatures extinct in the Anthropocene. It does […]

18 October 2021

The Area News, Other, 17/10/2021 With rodent activity only rising, farmers will now be able to stay one step ahead […]

11 October 2021

South China Morning Post, Other, 09/10/2021, Carolyn Beasley Up to 500 whale sharks gather at Ningaloo Reef every year, and […]

11 October 2021

Working with dung beetles does not sound glamorous, does it? But did you know that dung beetles are quite beautiful […]

5 October 2021

ABC Online, Other, 05/10/2021 Australian scientists locked in the long battle to control disease carrying mosquitoes have had a major […]

5 October 2021

Medium, Other, 03/10/2021, Angole Marcus The cassowary is listed as Endangered under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 […]

29 September 2021

ECOS, Other, 28/09/2021, Andrea Wild You might not be living in a biodiversity hotspot, but the plants, animals and fungi […]

28 September 2021

As the largest predatory fish in the ocean, it is rare to see a great white shark washed up on […]

21 September 2021

ECOS, Other, 17/09/2021, Mary-Lou Considine How is the science of ecology helping our ecosystems adapt to climate change and other […]

17 September 2021

ABC Online, Other, 16/09/2021 A newly identified Australian fly has been named after the glamourous and fierce cultural icon – […]

7 September 2021

What are the challenges facing Australia’s plants? Why is it so urgent that we conserve plants ex situ or away […]

25 August 2021

Beef Central, Other, 24/08/2021 Often the traits with lower heritability have been considered to be of lesser importance in selection […]

23 August 2021

New York Post, Other, 21/08/2021 They think they’re being sea-blocked. […] According to a slithery study by researchers at the […]

23 August 2021

ABC Online, Other, 21/08/2021, Kate Ainsworth A walking fish first identified in 2010 but not seen for over 22 years […]

18 August 2021

https://www.sciencemag.org/ As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout has continued in the United States, a parallel vaccination effort has taken place in […]

16 August 2021

ABC Online, Other, 15/08/2021, Evelyn Manfield A father and son bonding over their love for snorkeling has lead to 10-year-old […]

5 August 2021

Newcastle Herald, Other, 03/08/2021, Penelope Green When I began looking for something I could add to meat to make a […]

3 August 2021

The Guardian, Other, 02/08/2021, Nicola Davis Researchers find fragments in innards of species that have adapted to develop in open […]

30 July 2021

Earth.com, Other, 30/07/2021, chrissy sexton Costs associated with the management of invasive plants were totaled at US$151.68 billion. The experts […]

29 July 2021

ABC Online, Other, 28/07/2021, Melanie Groves They’re an invasive species capable of decimating native wildlife, blinding animals and people by […]

28 July 2021

Newcastle Herald, Other, 27/07/2021, Matthew Kelly Thousands of hectares of mangroves were wiped out across the Lower Hunter during the […]

21 July 2021

Brisbane Times, Other, 20/07/2021, Mike Foley The damage to coral reefs from bleaching during marine heatwaves is similar to that […]

20 July 2021

ECOS, Other, 19/07/2021, Natalie Kikken In the face of climate change, innovative science and cultural knowledge will be critical for […]

16 July 2021

ABC Online, Other, 16/07/2021, Tim Lee Hunched over a bench in a modest caravan, apiarist and bee breeder David Briggs […]

15 July 2021

The Conversation, Other, 14/07/2021, Kathy Ann Townsend and Dominique Potvin Environmental scientists see flora, fauna and phenomena the rest of […]

12 July 2021

The Age, Other, 11/07/2021, Peter Hannam Southern Australia’s sharks and rays face mounting threats as warmer waters push more tropical […]

8 July 2021

North Queensland Register, Other, 07/07/2021 Dr Heather Burrow, a University of New England professorial research fellow, initiated a project that […]

1 July 2021

Australian Geographic, Other, 29/06/2021, Angela Heathcote Scientists are working hard to ensure the red handfish has a future. They hope […]

28 June 2021

Open Forum, Other, 24/06/2021, Diane Nazaroff Several UNSW scientists have returned from a four-week voyage along Australia’s eastern coastline gathering […]

28 June 2021

China.org.cn, Other, 24/06/2021 Researchers from Australia’s national science agency have developed a non-lethal test to determine the age of fish. […]

28 June 2021

ArchitectureAU, Other, 24/06/2021 Australia’s largest collections of insect, plant and wildlife specimens will soon be located in one “state-of-the-art” facility […]

28 June 2021

International Animal Health Media, animalhealthmedia.com, 25/06/2021 The venom of a caterpillar, native to South East Queensland, shows promise for use […]

9 June 2021

ECOS, Other, 08/06/2021, Bryony Bennett After years of mutual learning, a safety net is in place for the Torres Strait […]

7 June 2021

Bunbury Mail, Other, 07/06/2021, Emma Kirk City of Busselton mayor Grant Henley with Geographe Marine Research director Ian Wiese, reearch […]

2 June 2021

Free to read online: Celebrating 30 Years of Wildland Fire Science Publication In honour of 30 years of publication, International Journal […]

24 May 2021

Wagga Wagga Daily Advertiser, Other, 24/05/2021, Penny Burfitt NSW’s mouse plague is likely to lead to a boom in other […]

24 May 2021

Bega District News, Other, 24/05/2021, Ellouise Bailey The CSIRO are currently conducting a widescale release of the fungus to control […]

17 May 2021

Infosurhoy, Other, 17/05/2021, Denis Bedoya Bearded dragon embryos become females either through sex chromosomes or hot temperatures. Ancient cellular processes […]

17 May 2021

ABC Online, Other, 12/05/2021, Susan Standen Drone technology is making it easier and tens of thousands dollars cheaper for researchers […]

17 May 2021

ABC Online, Other, 13/05/2021 Considering that zoos have rather complex and sometimes cruel histories, can we trust them to have […]

11 May 2021

waterline.co.nz, Other, 04/05/2021 Australian and New Zealand scientists have, for the first time, successfully identified the tiny larva of the […]

11 May 2021

AlphaGalileo, Other, 04/05/2021 Intra-cellular bacteria study opens new field of study International experts have described for the first time how […]

11 May 2021

ABC News, Australia Have you ever tried eating insects? New research from the CSIRO shows that they’re more appealing than […]

3 May 2021

Get Industry, Other, 30/04/2021 Rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus 2 (known as RHDV2) is a novel virus that has rapidly spread […]

3 May 2021

Get Industry, Other, 30/04/2021 The Asian black-spined toad (ABST, Duttaphyrnus melanostictus ) is a species of significant biosecurity concern to […]

3 May 2021

The Guardian, Other, 02/05/2021, Paul Daley Conservationists could make a case for saving a gorgeous bird but preserving its prosaic […]

27 April 2021

Horsetalk.co.nz, Other, 26/04/2021 The Hendra virus is transmitted from animals to humans and is a Bio-Safety Level-4 disease agent, which […]

27 April 2021

ECOS, Other, 26/04/2021, Fiona Brown This interactive platform puts information about management options and past, present, and future conditions of […]

27 April 2021

Sunshine Coast Daily, Other, 26/04/2021, Peter Gardiner Vaccine trials to help save the Sunshine Coast’s disease-stricken koalas are expected to […]

20 April 2021

ECOS, Other, 19/04/2021, Olly Berry eDNA is poised to revolutionise the way we monitor Australia’s natural environment but it relies […]

29 March 2021

ABC Online, Other, 26/03/2021, Anna Salleh Back in 2019, an incredibly cute dingo pup was found hiding and crying in […]

29 March 2021

Brinkwire, Other, 28/03/2021, Jonathan Edwards A chance encounter between two very different scientists has solved the mystery of why three […]

25 March 2021

ABC Online, Other, 23/03/2021, Jesssica Scremmer As many as 360 million carp clog Australian waterways in a “wet” year, researchers […]

21 March 2021

Pledge Times, pledgetimes.com/category/world/, 21/03/2021 Unusual images that show five large deep-sea squid were taken at depths of between 2,000 to […]

14 March 2021

Wired News, Other, 14/03/2021, Elizabeth Kolbert “I spent 15 years removing cats from fenced reserves and national parks,” Katherine Moseby […]

14 March 2021

ABC Online, Other, 14/03/2021, Susan Standen Slugs might make you think of garden pests that eat your vegies, but in […]

12 March 2021

Midland Express, Other, 11/03/2021 Interest in foraging for wild food is on the rise, and magnificent mushrooms are very much […]

11 March 2021

ABC Online, Other, 10/03/2021, Lucy Macdonald They are known as the building blocks of the ocean and great swarms of […]

9 March 2021

Bendigo Advertiser, Other, 09/03/2021, Tom Callaghan Breathe easy, the eerily green glow appearing in central Victoria is a mushroom, not […]

3 March 2021

ABC Online, Other, 02/03/2021, Nick Kilvert The fauna and flora communities on the Halimeda reefs are unique, new research has […]

22 February 2021

ABC Online, Other, 22/02/2021, Emma Wynne Handy scientific detective work has led to the discovery of four new species of […]

22 February 2021

Our Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC) team have opened their doors to us for a virtual tour. Watch here: https://youtu.be/hJQZo1CyIIY

22 February 2021

ABC Online, Other, 18/02/2021, Mark Rigby Scientists and Indigenous rangers are harnessing the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to help […]

22 February 2021

ECOS, Other, 19/02/2021, Kate Langford It has been said that twice as much Barramundi is sold in Australia as farmed […]

22 February 2021

Maritime Executive, Other, 20/02/2021 Plastic in the ocean can be deadly for marine wildlife and seabirds around the globe, but […]

22 February 2021

ABC Online, Other, 20/02/2021 Western Australia’s vast coastline is baring the brunt of the La Nina weather pattern, with unusually […]

17 February 2021

ABC Online, Other, 17/02/2021 There are thousands of wasp species in Australia including native wasps and recent arrivals. Dr Juanita […]

16 February 2021

AZoCleantech, Other, 16/02/2021 Australia’s 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires severely impacted hundreds of plant species. Post-fire recovery of wet sclerophyll forest […]

14 February 2021

The Courier Mail, Other, 13/02/2021, Jessica Marszalek Quite frankly, we need to cull more of them. […] CSIRO is currently […]

14 February 2021

Toowoomba Chronicle, Other, 14/02/2021 A supplied video news package from USC obtained on August 15 about the university’s work on […]

10 February 2021

ABC Online, Other, 10/02/2021, Belinda Smith The first mission to Wuhan in search of the source of SARS-CoV-2 the virus […]

9 February 2021

ABC Online, Other, 08/02/2021 CRISPR, the genetic editing technology taking science by storm. Mark Tizard, Team Leader and Principal Research […]

8 February 2021

Ocean Geographic Society, Other, 03/02/2021 I vividly recall uncovering my first Red Handfish from beneath a tangled mess of seaweed. […]

3 February 2021

Stock Journal Australia, Other, 02/02/2021, Vanessa Binks This year’s Centre for Invasive Species Solutions Feral Photo and Video competition is […]

1 February 2021

Katherine Times, Other, 01/02/2021, Roxanne Fitzgerald Australia’s biodiversity is at risk, with more than 1,700 species of plants, animals, micro-organisms […]

1 February 2021

Benalla Ensign, Other, 27/01/2021, Rodney Woods Feeding a hungry world has put increasing pressure on our lands and the native […]

1 February 2021

ABC Online, Other, 29/01/2021, Patrick Wood Australian scientists will today embark on a voyage into the ice for a mission […]

19 January 2021

msn.com, www.msn.com/en-us, 18/01/2021, Jacinta Bowler Even though we know the deep sea is weird, ‘carnivorous sea sponges’ still sound like […]

18 January 2021

Canberra Times, Other, 16/01/2021, Tim the Yowie Man Lake George has long been a stronghold for tiger snakes. […] Dr […]

13 January 2021

Townsville Bulletin, Other, 12/01/2021, Elisabeth Silvester A new report from CSIRO and BOM has warned us about the worsening effects […]

13 January 2021

The National Tribune, Other, 13/01/2021 The NSW Government has released the final report of a Spring 2020 survey showing just […]

3 January 2021

Eden Magnet, Other, 29/12/2020 The seasonal camp of Grey-headed flying foxes at the Glebe Wetlands in Bega has grown to […]

3 January 2021

The Courier Mail, Other, 29/12/2020, Jane Hansen New research has revealed how many great white sharks reproduce each year off […]

3 January 2021

Queensland Country Life, Other, 31/12/2020, James McManagan If 2020 taught us anything it would be the threat that any chink […]

21 December 2020

PhysOrg.com, Other, 22/12/2020 CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, has identified coastal ‘bright spots’ to repair marine ecosystems globally, paving the […]

21 December 2020

Ocean Road Magazine, Other, 21/12/2020 Despite the most widespread bleaching event ever recorded, Southern Cross University researchers have found more […]

14 December 2020

ABC Online, Other, 14/12/2020, David Robertson A sperm whale with 135 different plastic items in its stomach, mostly soft plastic […]

6 December 2020

Canberra Times, Other, 05/12/2020, Marco Holden Jeffery Nothing screams summer more than a chorus of cicadas on a warm evening, […]

1 December 2020

republicworld.com, Other, 01/12/2020 A recent picture of a snake eel dangling from the stomach of a flying heron has been […]

30 November 2020

ABC Online, Other, 25/11/2020, Jessica Hayes, Ellie Honeybone and Joanna Prendergast A West Australian apple grower says a threatened WA […]

30 November 2020

South Burnett Times, Other, 27/11/2020, Holly Cormack A local amateur photographer has captured an exceptionally rare – and rather cheeky […]

23 November 2020

CNET, Other, 20/11/2020, Laura Hautala Fire-predicting software can project how a fire could spread, even while it’s still burning. […] […]

16 November 2020

ABC Online, Other, 12/11/2020, Belinda Smith This bigfin squid, swimming more than 3,000m below the surface of the Great Australian […]

10 November 2020

gippslandtimes.com.au, General News, 10/11/2020, Liz Bell A ground-breaking invention that could reduce or eradicate Gippsland’s feral cat population and potentially […]

8 November 2020

Daily Telegraph Australia, Other, 07/11/2020, Malcolm Holland An ingenious Australian invention promises to end the heartbreak of lost pets, with […]

8 November 2020

Canberra Times, Other, 07/11/2020, Sarah Lansdown Australian scientists have made a once-in-a-career discovery: that the greater glider is actually three […]

2 November 2020

New Scientist, Online, 02/11/20 Along with climate change, one of the biggest threats to the Great Barrier Reef is the […]

1 November 2020

Cosmos Magazine, Online, 31/10/20 Remora are famous for hitching a ride on the bodies of sharks and whales, using the […]

25 October 2020

Get Farming, Other, 22/10/2020 Ceres Tag, one of the world’s most comprehensive animal monitoring companies, is adding a new dimension […]

25 October 2020

PhysOrg.com, Other, 23/10/2020, Lara Van Raay A new study by scientists from the University of Tasmania, CSIRO and the University […]

25 October 2020

SBS.COM.AU, Other, 23/10/2020, Sandra Fulloon A record number of humpback whales are migrating down Australia’s east coast. […] While whale […]

22 October 2020

theguardian.com, Other, 21/10/2020, Zoe Kean In 1802, when French naturalist Franois Pron slipped a small, chunky Australian fish into a […]

20 October 2020

The Lighthouse – Macquarie University, Other, 19/10/2020, Virginia Tressider A new designer fruit fly paves the way for scientists to […]

19 October 2020

Cosmos Magazine, Other, 16/10/2020 Restoring just under a third of Earth’s ecosystems to their natural state could protect more than […]

19 October 2020

ABC Online, Other, 15/10/2020, Nick Kilvert The instinct to kill the animals that prey on us has probably come in […]

18 October 2020

Warta Saya, wartasaya.com, 17/10/2020 Scientists in Michigan have developed a forest fire alarm system. […] He works at CSIRO, Australia’s […]

18 October 2020

Science Daily, Other, 17/10/2020 When COVID closed down their lab, a team of researchers turned to computational approaches to understand […]

12 October 2020

ABC Online, Other, 08/10/2020 The main focus of many communities trying to better control bushfires in Northern Australia is protecting […]

11 October 2020

ABC Online, Other, 11/10/2020, By Jane Bardon There aren’t many people who go to stand in the middle of a […]

6 October 2020

medium.com, Other, 04/10/2020, Grant Piper According to scientists, roughly 99.9% of all species to ever existed on Earth have gone […]

30 September 2020

Australian Food News, Other, 30/09/2020 Leading native ingredients producer Australian Native Products has announced plans for future investment in lemon […]

30 September 2020

ABC Online, Other, 30/09/2020, Jon Daly Wild buffaloes are destroying Aboriginal hunting grounds and sacred sites on floodplains near the […]

29 September 2020

getindustry.com.au, Other, 24/09/2020 Australia’s national science agency and Centre for Invasive Species Solutions (CISS) member, CSIRO, is on the hunt […]

29 September 2020

ABC Online, Other, 24/09/2020, Tom Forbes and Sarah Cumming Shark researchers on the Gold Coast want to attach cameras to […]

29 September 2020

The Conversation, Other, 25/09/2020 Alexander Schmidt-Lebuhn and Ben Gooden, Research Scientist, CSIRO, Plant ecologist, CSIRO. When it comes to new […]

29 September 2020

greencareer.net.au, Other, 28/09/2020 CSIRO scientists have joined with others from 17 other countries to publish a first of its kind, […]

29 September 2020

ABC Online, Other, 28/09/2020, Laura Beavis Trevor Norton spends most of his time restoring his 20-metre yacht Stormbreaker and taking […]

23 September 2020

Vice, Other, 23/09/2020, Gavin Butler Nearly 500 pilot whales have been found washed up in Tasmania over the past three […]

23 September 2020

A new research collaboration aims to develop new methods and tools to non-invasively monitor the growth and performance of plants […]

23 September 2020

Cosmos Magazine, Other, 24/09/2020 Reforesting is considered a prominent strategy in mitigating climate change, with previous research highlighting the role […]