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Tropical & Subtropical Savanna Woodlands

The tropical and subtropical savanna woodlands grasslands and dry forests of northern Australia and southern New Guinea...

For the page on the plants of the Australian tropical savanna


Ctenophorus spp.

'Slater's Ring-tailed Dragon' (image by Damon Ramsey)(Telstra Hill, Mt.Isa, Queensland)

Ctenophorus slateri, 'Slater's Ring-tailed Dragon'.

Lophognathus spp. 'Ta-Ta Lizards'

'Horner's Ta-Ta Lizard' (image by Damon Ramsey)(Lake Mooroondah, Mt.Isa, Queensland)

Lophognathus horneri, 'Horner's Ta-Ta Lizard'.

For a lecture on the reptiles of the tropical Australian woodlands 

For the page on the non-passerine birds of the Australian tropical savanna

For the page on the songbirds of the Australian tropical savanna

For the page on the honeyeaters of the Australian tropical savanna

For the page on the grass finches of the Australian tropical savanna

Class Mammalia

Family Macropodidae; Kangaroos and Wallabies

Osphranter spp. 'Wallaroo'

(Pamela Street reserve, Mt.Isa, Queensland)

Osphranter robustus, 'Euro', '(western) Wallaroo'. Longer hair 'shaggier' coat than grey or red kangaroos. Larger and clumsier in rocky habitat than rock wallabies. Usually seen alone.  Widespread in hill habitats across much of Australia.

Petrogale spp. 'Rock-wallabies'

Purple-necked Rock Wallaby (image by Damon Ramsey)(Pamela Street reserve, Mt.Isa, Queensland)

Petrogale purpureicollis, 'Purple-necked Rock Wallaby'. As the common name suggests, they have a light purple wash on neck, arms and head; this is normally more obvious in males, and is similar to the colours of the rocks they live in. They are restricted to rocky outcrops in north-west Queensland, such as Lawn Hill and Mt. Isa.

For the page on the places to experience the Australian tropical savanna

My first trip after the virus is as Expedition leader in Tasmania with Coral Expeditions, followed by my role as biologist guest lecturer on the Great Barrier Reef. If you can't go travelling until everything settles down, then until then, here I am doing online guided walks for Noble Caledonia and online lectures for Silversea.