Water Dragons re-defined

From Ross Wellington,
“Here’s a couple of photos I took at the Bournda EEC conference earlier this year a Gippsland Water Dragon I. howitti,
Intellagama howitti
plus one I took of a typical Eastern Water Dragon I. lesueurii in Gosford the day before I arrived at the conference for comparison.
Eastern water dragon    photo Ross Wellington

Eastern water dragon photo Ross Wellington

The water skink Eulamprus heatwolei, curiously has a ‘double tail’, an artefact of an incomplete autotomy.
Water skink with two tails, photo Ross Wellington

Water skink with two tails, photo Ross Wellington

Also note that the Water Dragons have at long last been more widely accepted as distinctive from Physignathus (based on a superficially similar looking Dragon, P. cocincinus, from China).  Genetic analyses have supported my earlier assignation of the Australian species to their own Genus, proving that the Oz species are genetically most similar to other Australian Dragons which have long been regarded as distinctive generically from the Water Dragons (see attached article).”
Many thanks to Ross for his information and fascinating photos.

Atlas and friends Christmas Celebration Dinner

Christmas beetle Photo Australian MuseumChristmas worms Great Barrier Reef photo J Huisman

It’s that time of year again and we would like to invite you to join us for our Christmas Celebration dinner. It will be on Tuesday December 17th at the Merimbula Wharf restaurant.

We are offered canapés in the Aquarium and then a two course festive meal of fine food from Anthony and his team. Drinks not included. Tickets $40 each.

During the evening we will be celebrating the contribution of local heroes to our learning about our wonderful environment and the creatures that live in it.

We will also be announcing the winners of our photography competition – see next post – and there will be some festive singing too.

As we are sharing this event with our partners : Sapphire Coast Marine Society, Panboola and Bournda EEC, there are very limited tickets, so please register your interest now to reserve your place.

Contact Alan Hepburn : libby.alanhepburn@bigpond.com or phone 6495 0917