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Footloose, but lady free… This week’s reader photo of a male peacock spider (Maratus tasmanicus) was captured by Tom Sayers @tdjsayers
, a PhD Candidate from the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, University of Melbourne. “At only 5 mm in length, this male Maratus tasmanicus is in full courtship display trying to impress a female just out of shot. Only during courtship when they begin to dance do they unfurl their incredible display. Despite his impressive dance moves, the female wasn't interested on this occasion,” says Tom. “Ever since I saw a peacock spider at one of my field sites I've been hooked on trying to photograph more species. This specimen was found co-occurring with Maratus albus at the Altona Foreshore Reserve, Melbourne.” To have your image feature on our IG feed, head to our website and upload your reader photo, or tag #ausgeo
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This portrait of a dingo (Canis dingo) on Fraser Island, Queensland, was captured by Adrian Bullock @adrianbullockphotography.
Dingoes are endangered Australia wide, predominately due to hybridization, inbreeding, hunting, government ‘wild dog’ eradication programs and loss of genetic fitness. The dingo population on Fraser Island is believed to be the most pure in Australia due to their limited interbreeding with domestic and wild dogs, and are protected here by the Queensland government. Thanks for sharing your pic with us Adrian! #wildlifephotography #wildlifeofaustralia #australia #dingo #fraserisland #australianwildlife
This video of a Gang-gang cockatoo (Callocephalon fimbriatum) was captured by Jan Wagener @jan_wegener_.
‘These guys are pretty lazy, instead of picking off single berries; they always bite off a whole branch, hold it in their foot and then eat the berries,” says Jan. “Pretty good skills with their foot!” The males of these cockatoos are recognisable by their wispy red crest - the female crest is grey - and are found in the cooler and wetter forests and woodlands of Australia, particularly alpine bushland. They are also faunal emblem for the ACT, and utter long rasping screeches almost similar to a rusty hinge (much like the constant useless jabber of some politicians we know!). Thanks for sharing your video with us Jan! #australia #australianbush #australianwildlife #australianbirds #wildlifeofaustralia #cockatoo #ganggangcockatoo #australianbirdsofinstagram
This week’s reader photo of a Common or Smooth Knob-tailed gecko (Nephrurus levis) was captured by Adam Brice @adam_brice_wild_life
. This is another semi-arid/arid region specialist terrestrial gecko (no toe pads to cling to vertical surfaces). Their cute heart-shaped tails have a small knob at the end which can be autotomised (self-amputated) which then wiggles around to distract potential predators, trying to get them to take the tail instead of attacking something more vital,” says Adam. “However, unlike most other geckos/skinks - these geckos only have one cleavage point, meaning that the whole tail will be taken not just certain segments. To have your image feature on our IG feed, head to our website and upload your reader photo, or tag #ausgeo
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Froggy Friday!!!! This pic of a hybridised red backed toadlet and the red crown toadlet was captured by Ben Revell @bensamuel86.
“The red backed toadlet and the red crown toadlet, two quite distinct species, have areas of species cross over at central coast NSW,” says Ben. “A recent paper has been released identifying that in these areas hybridisation between these species is happening. This remarkable little frog is a hybridised offspring between the two species.” Thanks for sharing the pic with us Ben! #wildlifephotography #toadlet #australia #redandblack #australiantoadlets #hybrid
This pic of a juvenile Green Tree Python (Morelia veridis) was captured by photographer Tim Hackwood @timhackwood.
“We spent the last week up near the tip of Cape York trying to tick off a life goal of mine. I’ve wanted to see a Green Tree Python (Morelia veridis) for most of my life and we were extremely lucky to find this juvenile on our second night!” says Tim. “These beautiful pythons have an extremely restricted distribution in Australia, only being found in a couple of patches of rainforest on the eastern side of the peninsula. Juveniles are a bright yellow colour which is retained for their first few years before they transition to a bright green.” Thanks for sharing the pic with us Tim! #wildlifephotography #australia #australiansnakes #greentreepython #snakesofinstagram #snakesofaustralia
This week’s reader photo of a numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus) was captured by Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen in the Dryandra Woodlands, a nature conservation area south-east of Perth.
Numbats face an uncertain future, with numbers of the species in decline due to feral animal predation and habitat loss. They feed exclusively on termites, which they eat using their long sticky tongue - giving them the nickname banded anteater. To have your image feature on our IG feed, head to our website and upload your reader photo, or tag #ausgeo
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