15162: Identifying and describing Gondwanan Relictal Moist Refugia Indicator Species

    This group is currently undertaking several Citizen Science projects identifying and describing endemic larger fauna and birds.  There is ultimately a need to comprehensively identify all fauna species found in and around the Porongurups (not just the National Park), similar to the group's flora species collection. Identifying the pressing need to start with endemic fauna species, research of the fauna in this unique biodiversity hotspot area is generally very poor - especially endemic frogs, snails, spiders and worms. This area is a special place for frogs, with many species with small ranges in theancient forest. 

    This research program has a very valid and much needed on-ground outcome and recognition of such impacts significantly on the wider community by creating awareness and understanding of how these creatures have survived in this biodiversity hotspot over thousands of years. This will help to pose to their members and the wider community the question of how to learn from them to better cope with future climate change in this unique hotspot environment. In addition the current rate of climate change requires a closer look at how best to ensure the survival of these species.

    Investment: $ 7 663
    In-kind contribution: $ 50 465
    Delivery organisation: Friends of the Porongurup Range Assoc., Inc
    Project duration: June 2016 - October 2017
    Location: Shire of Plantagenet

    Purpose of project

    The activities to be undertaken include:

    • Preparation of an outline scope and approach for surveys giving consideration to the region and habitats), methods and preliminary sampling locations. This will include identifying sheltered habitats and microhabitats and habitat isolates, and determining the optimum time to sample each species
    • Survey sample proposed ground disturbance areas and also carry out sampling in equivalent habitats outside of their proposal footprint as this information could be of significant value in establishing the wider distribution of taxa that may otherwise only be recorded from project impact areas. Sampling will include, wet pit traps, dry pit traps, hand foraging, sieving leaf litter and debris, raking leaf litter and debris, searching rock piles, tree and beneath bark
    • Undertake specimen identification and analysis and record information. The survey techniques for each of the faunal groups sampled will be detailed, including the effort expended, sampling locations and habitats targeted. Photographs of all species collected and identified will be undertaken along with written data sets.

    Project contact details

    Friends of the Porongurup Range

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