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matthew_connors

Date

April 1, 2018 01:04 AM AEST

Description

First Queensland record for this lovely spotty species! @simono beat me for first live photo by a few days though....

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Candovias (Genus Candovia)

Date

February 15, 2022 06:33 PM AEDT

Description

5 legged Candovia - love windows?

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Giant Spiny Acrophylla (Acrophylla enceladus)

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andrew_1

Date

December 23, 2021 08:13 PM AEST

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Candovias (Genus Candovia)

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screetill

Date

February 9, 2022 03:26 PM AEDT

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Candovias (Genus Candovia)

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aidan_08

Date

January 21, 2022 12:27 PM AEST

Description

Female was found on a tree in rainforest habitat next to cedar creek. Has a horn on its head and white blotches on its abdomen. It also appears to have tiny possible wings. @matthew_connors

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Southern Velvet Worms (Family Peripatopsidae)

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lake8

Date

May 14, 2021 03:40 PM AEST

Description

In a decomposition log

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Southern Velvet Worms (Family Peripatopsidae)

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jroad

Date

October 16, 2021

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reiner

Date

April 7, 2018

Description

One of Two Velvet Worms in East Gippsland

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rivendel

Date

September 2, 2019 12:01 PM AEST

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mickdrews

Date

September 14, 2020

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mickdrews

Date

March 20, 2021 02:26 PM UTC

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Candovias (Genus Candovia)

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eamonnc

Date

January 25, 2022 01:42 PM AEDT

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sea-kangaroo

Date

December 1, 2007

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Garden Orbweavers (Genus Argiope)

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lroganentsocvic

Date

August 12, 2008 04:27 AM AEST

Description

Christmas Island cross spider

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Garden Orbweavers (Genus Argiope)

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tawnyf

Date

June 28, 2021 12:24 PM AWST

Description

I have now identified this species

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matthew_connors

Date

November 15, 2017 08:49 PM AEST

Description

Another unknown orbweaver

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sarahcobbaus

Date

November 4, 2021 01:44 PM AEDT

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cesdamess

Date

October 30, 2020 12:41 AM +11

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matthew_connors

Date

June 17, 2018 03:22 PM AEST

Description

Okay I'm preeeeeeetty sure that this is an Austroscolia that's covered in pollen. Certainly looks like pollen, and I can't recall a scoliid with a yellow thorax. Everyone IDs things as A. soror, but is that correct? How do we tell?? To the literature!
There's a revision of some species here including the original description of A. commixta. It is also jet black but has markedly shorter antennae, "about as ong as the thorax and median segment combined", and is known from Darwin. Perhaps this is A. commixta? Certainly looks like it.

What about A. nitida? The name suggests that it is also black. The taxonomy is.... somewhat confusing, going by this paper. Our subspecies is A. n. varifrons, so it may be easier to find information on that than on the species itself. The description is here and for me the easiest distinction between this and A. soror is that the foretibial spurs are reddish brown rather than black. Well, I assume A. soror has them black because mine has them black (I think..... it's kind of difficult to see. Maybe mine are reddish. Ugh. Okay let me finish this thought and I'll come back to it). So that seems to be correct. I'm sure that there are plenty of structural differences as well but I am simply not waspy enough to understand them, so I'm sticking with the spurs.

Okay but I should look at A. soror too, shouldn't I. Especially seeing as I'm not sure how dark the spurs should be. I can't really see mine very well but the more I look the more not-quite-entirely-black they look. The description is here (as Scolia cyanipennis). Aaaaaaaand of course it also has lighter coloured foretibial spurs, apparently yellow. Well that's no help. So what exactly are the differences??

Okay okay after some scrutiny I think I have found it. A. n. varifrons has the "pronotum and mesothorax strongly and closely puntured" and the abdomen "almost uniformly, closely puntured". A. soror has the mesothorax and scutellum more sparsely punctured, and the abdomen shining (so I assume not so puntured). Looking through some sightings it seems that this difference is quite obvious. E.g. here is A. soror from Vic: Really quite different to mine. Note though that the antennae on this one are very short. Is this a sex difference? I sure hope so, otherwise everyone is wrong. Wikipedia says that yes, males have significantly longer antennae than females, so that's good. But then maybe we can't tell A. commixta apart all that easily unless we know the sex.

One of the papers linked above also lists reported ranges. A. commixta has been recorded only in NT. A. n. varifrons is known from NSW, Qld, NT, New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands. A. soror is known from Vic, NSW, Qld, and New Guinea. So I think around Victoria we can be pretty sure of A. soror, but everywhere else the sightings require closer scrutiny. No species has been recorded from SA but there are only a few records from the east of the state that I assume are referrable to A. soror. However, the WA records will require some close inspection. Lots of things are showing up in WA these days so I think it could equally well be A. soror or A. n. varifrons. Less likely is that it's A. commixta or even something undescribed.

So in conclusion, Austroscolia is more complicated than we thought. Definitely doable, but requires more scrutiny than most give it.

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South African Mantis (Miomantis caffra)

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kellyclitheroe

Date

November 11, 2021 04:17 PM AEDT

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South African Mantis (Miomantis caffra)

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lukequinane

Date

November 2021

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johneichler

Date

December 30, 2017

Description

Pygmy wetland grasshopper
Identified as Tetrigidae on Bowerbird by Robert Read: "Sorry, cannot get closer than family."

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Pygmy Grasshoppers (Family Tetrigidae)

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michaelskvarla

Date

December 18, 2017 03:32 PM EST

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Giant Gumleaf Katydid (Torbia perficita)

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lroganentsocvic

Date

October 26, 2018

Description

First instar of Torbia perficita 185 days after eggs were laid in my garden

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Leaf Katydids (Subfamily Phaneropterinae)

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jacksonnugent

Date

March 5, 2021 05:54 PM AEST

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matthew_connors

Date

January 16, 2018 08:21 AM AEST

Description

Knobbly

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matthew_connors

Date

January 8, 2018 09:27 AM AEST

Description

Looks like he took a bite out of the gumnut type thing above him :P

Ray-finned Fishes

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Ray-finned Fishes (Class Actinopterygii)

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matthew_connors

Date

October 30, 2017 12:03 PM AEST

Description

Unfortunately I only have the one photo of this largeish fish as it was very fast and I didn't get a good look at it. My impression upon seeing it swim off in the shallows was something flathead-like, but I can find no fish that matches the image with a distinct black spot in the tail and mostly plain body. Does anybody have any suggestions?

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matthew_connors

Date

May 31, 2017 01:58 PM AEST

Description

Mosquito
Identified as Ochlerotatus vittiger on Bowerbird by Matthew Connors: "Seems correct but I'm far from a mozzie expert..."

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matthew_connors

Date

May 28, 2017 06:20 PM AEST

Description

Elegant Brittle Star
Identified as Ophiarthrum elegans on Bowerbird by Matthew Connors: "A very lovely-looking brittle star"

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matthew_connors

Date

May 7, 2017 02:40 PM AEST

Description

Fig wasps
Identified as Apocryptophagus on Bowerbird by Matthew Connors

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Leaf Katydids (Subfamily Phaneropterinae)

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nicklambert

Date

April 13, 2021 01:49 PM AEST

Description

Just escaped the clutches of a hungry Little Shrikethrush!

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Stone Centipedes (Order Lithobiomorpha)

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nicklambert

Date

March 13, 2021 08:50 PM AEDT

Description

Small one on tree trunk. Would not stop moving

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Candovias (Genus Candovia)

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paul2george

Date

February 20, 2021 12:15 PM AEDT

Description

female?
The specimen has green legs with red joints.
The second image shows a woodlouse along for the ride.

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Peacock Spiders (Genus Maratus)

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reiner

Date

November 18, 2019 02:38 PM AEDT

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Brown-winged Christmas Beetle (Anoplognathus brunnipennis)

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shesgotlegs

Date

December 13, 2020 08:55 PM HST

Description

It doesn't key out right but I can't figure out what else it could be so this is the hill I die on I guess

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Black-kneed Gumleaf Grasshopper (Goniaea carinata)

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thebeachcomber

Date

July 18, 2020 01:19 PM AEST

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Spiny Bark Mantis (Gyromantis kraussii)

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kimba882

Date

January 2018

Description

Field Notes - c.75mm in length. Attracted to light at night. Rural.

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Spiny Bark Mantis (Gyromantis kraussii)

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questagame

Date

December 2018

Description

Sighting and photos (c) janr.
Field Notes - about 30mm TL.

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simono

Date

June 11, 2018 07:02 PM AWST

Description

ID by Matthew Connors, who also identified this as a male. - " Bowerbird.org.au sighting being moved to iNaturalist because the former website is shutting down.

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simono

Date

June 21, 2017

Description

Gyromantis occidentalis
Identified as Gyromantis occidentalis on Bowerbird by Matthew Connors: "It looks a bit pale but the pattern is right"

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Common Tree Snake (Dendrelaphis punctulatus)

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coenobita

Date

November 4, 2018 10:27 AM AEST

Description

The snake was chasing a frog at speed. The frog was doing metre long leaps and the snake was holding its head high to see where the frog landed. On seeing us, the snake froze and lowered its head allowing me to take a photo. The frog was probably Ranoidea jungguy.

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Mud Crab (Scylla serrata)

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matthew_connors

Date

June 24, 2014 04:24 PM AEST

Description

Fishing for mud crabs (they tasted pretty good too)

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invertophiles

Date

January 15, 2019 02:12 AM AEDT

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simono

Date

November 15, 2018 11:10 PM AWST

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matthew_connors

Date

November 28, 2017 12:10 PM AEST

Description

Cool eggs

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Australian Garden Mantis (Orthodera ministralis)

Date

March 19, 2016 11:31 AM AEST

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Date

October 9, 2018 02:47 PM PDT

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matthew_connors

Date

September 17, 2017 01:07 PM AEST

Description

Orange Nassarius
Identified as Nassarius Zeuxis crematus on Bowerbird by Matthew Connors: "Tentative ID by Michael McMaster who stated that it may be N. concinnus instead"

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skouikywh

Date

October 9, 2019 07:26 AM AWST

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cclborneo

Date

August 29, 2017 08:45 AM +08

Description

ID by Christian Schwarz

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Netwinged Mantises (Genus Neomantis)

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apteryxrowi

Date

February 10, 2020 06:52 AM EST

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Netwinged Mantises (Genus Neomantis)

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sea-kangaroo

Date

November 19, 2012

Description

Fresh new mantis.

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Netwinged Mantises (Genus Neomantis)

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simono

Date

May 31, 2020 05:51 PM AWST

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Netwinged Mantis (Neomantis australis)

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simono

Date

February 22, 2020 08:03 PM AWST

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Netwinged Mantis (Neomantis australis)

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janellynv

Date

March 17, 2020 08:45 AM AEST

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Netwinged Mantis (Neomantis australis)

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graemevc

Date

October 18, 2015

Description

Neomantis australis
Identified as Neomantis australis on Bowerbird by Graeme Cocks

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Netwinged Mantis (Neomantis australis)

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davidtng

Date

October 26, 2019 10:38 AM AEST

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Netwinged Mantis (Neomantis australis)

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yoshi_island

Date

April 24, 2020 03:19 PM +13

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the_myall_mob

Date

January 2017

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Blacksaddle Snake Eel (Ophichthus cephalozona)

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coenobita

Date

August 12, 2018 03:41 PM AEST

Description

Can clearly see the tail in this individual. About 60 cm long.

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simono

Date

February 16, 2020 04:13 PM AWST

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Southern Mole Cricket (Gryllotalpa australis)

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craigmorley

Date

April 23, 2020 05:31 PM AEST

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Blackish Meadow Katydid (Conocephalus semivittatus)

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nicklambert

Date

February 27, 2020 07:08 PM AEDT

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Fire Corals (Genus Millepora)

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matthew_connors

Date

January 15, 2017 11:04 AM AEST

Description

Branching Fire Coral - Millepora dichotoma
Identified as Anthoathecata on Bowerbird by Matthew Connors: "Millepora dichotoma (Milleporidae) - for some reason the entire family is missing from Bowerbird"

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Eastern Australian Koel (Eudynamys orientalis ssp. cyanocephalus)

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matthew_connors

Date

April 14, 2017 02:29 PM AEST

Description

Eastern Koel
Identified as Eudynamys orientalis cyanocephala on Bowerbird by Matthew Connors

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Red-winged Stick Insect (Podacanthus viridiroseus)

Observer

nicklambert

Date

November 19, 2019 07:14 PM AEDT

Description

Male, arched anal segment

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Burmeister's Mantis (Orthodera burmeisteri)

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taewoo

Date

November 18, 2012 04:28 PM KST

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Date

August 8, 2018 09:23 AM CDT

Description

Dead

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Boxer Bark Mantises (Genus Paraoxypilus)

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karenretra

Date

April 20, 2017

Description

Boxer bark mantis?

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Crusader Bug (Mictis profana)

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johneichler

Date

January 8, 2019

Description

Crusader Bug and nymphs at all stages of development

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damienbr

Date

May 7, 2019 11:20 PM HST

Description

13-15cm long

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ellurasanctuary

Date

April 14, 2016

Description

Australian Striped Mantid (Orthodera marginata)