Citizen Science Unearths the Secrets of Hughes Block

What are the chances? A Woolley’s False Antechinus Pseudantechinus woolleyae, so rarely seen and little known, this small mammal has not been assigned a common name!

During October, citizen science volunteers Alison Goundrey and Nic Dunlop with the support of Carbon Neutral, conducted monitoring along the Banded Iron Formation (BIF) in the Hughes Block remnant. Hughes Block has recently been listed as a Threatened Ecological Community (TEC) in WA, under the Biodiversity Conservation Act, one of 58. Using a motion-sensitive camera, the team were elated to discover images captured of the elusive woolleyae!

A marsupial carnivore, eating insects, scorpions, centipedes and small lizards, this rare little creature is found in small, isolated populations in the arid zone of the Mid-west, in the rangelands at Jack Hills, Mt Jackson and Bungalbin Hill. As far as we know, this may be the first record of woolleyae in the wheatbelt. They were found at Karara prior to mining activity, and are thought to be present in the Mungada Ridge National Park, some 65kms further inland from the Perenjori Hills. If you’re interested in learning more about Pseudantechinus woolleyae, check out this month’s #CreatureFeature!

The citizen science team have also been busy with continued data base development of the potential bird pool with surveys in the reference and treatment sites, as well as learning more about Yellow-throated Miner behaviours and associated issues.

This citizen science activity was supported by Carbon Neutral.

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