Environment & Conservation

SEVEN new species of spiders, whose kin have taken the world by storm with their adorable appearance and mesmerising dance moves, have been discovered in WA and South Australia.

THE western swamp tortoise (Pseudemydura umbrina) could soon be calling WA's south coast home following extensive modelling to find new sites where populations could thrive.

A SMALL, shy subspecies of the common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecular hypoleucus) or koomal will continue to disappear from south west forests unless action is taken to address climate change.

WESTERN Australia’s urban sprawl may be closing in on the future of the state’s fragile native plant and bird population, according to a recent study.

BUNBURY beachgoers may be unsettled to learn that the refreshing, blue stretch of water off the port city was preceded by a huge lava flow almost as large as WA itself and several kilometres thick in places.

THE vegetation growth in forests and shrublands of WA’s global biodiversity hotspot are showing alarming declines, according to a recent study which found a quarter of the hotspot’s woody vegetation had disappeared in the past 16 years.

LOCAL researchers have unravelled the germination secrets of WA’s strangely-named snottygobble tree (Persoonia longifolia R.Br.), thereby opening the door for the species to help rehabilitate WA’s landscape.

RAINFALL monitoring data shows WA’s south-west has been losing its Mediterranean climate over the past 16 years and now has considerably less winter rainfall and a corresponding increase in summer rains.

WA SCIENTISTS have acquitted their prime suspect in the hunt to uncover what’s pushing the nation’s woylie (Bettongia penicillata) populations to the brink of extinction.

WHILE they may be the stuff of vampiric nightmares, bats play a vital role in Australian ecosystems.

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