The terrestrial vertebrate fauna of Mabuyag (Mabuiag Island) and adjacent islands, far north Queensland, Australia

Justin J. Watson, Garrick Hitchcock

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    Until recently, relatively little was known about the vertebrate fauna of Mabuyag and surrounding islands. This paper presents the results of terrestrial vertebrate surveys undertaken in 2008-2009, and a review of previous literature and museum records, which have added considerably to our knowledge for the area. Ethnotaxonomy, the role of terrestrial vertebrates in the traditional diet, and the importance of birds, mammals and reptiles in Goemulgaw culture are also discussed briefly. The terrestrial vertebrate fauna as presently known comprises 106 species: three frogs; 18 reptiles; 77 birds; and eight mammals.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)35-54
    Number of pages20
    JournalMemoirs of the Queensland Museum: Cultural Heritage Series
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2015

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