South Bruny National Park

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South Bruny National Park is located on Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia, about 50 km south of Hobart. The park contains the Cape Bruny Lighthouse. The highest point of the park (and of Bruny Island) is Mount Bruny at 504 m. The park also embraces the Labillardiere Peninsula, named in honour of the French botanist Jacques Labillardière author of the first general flora of Australia and a member of Bruni d'Entrecasteaux's expedition.

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Flora

Much of the park's vegetation is composed of dry sclerophyll communities such as eucalypt woodland as well as heathland and coastal communities. There are also small patches of wet eucalypt forest and temperate rainforest.[2]

Fauna

Common mammals in the park are Bennett's Wallaby, Common Brushtail Possum and Tasmanian Pademelon. The Eastern Quoll has been reported. Spotted-tail Quolls, Tasmanian Devils and Common Wombats are absent. All twelve of Tasmania's endemic bird species are present, notably the Forty-spotted Pardalote for which the island is the main stronghold. Little Penguins and Hooded Plovers breed on the coast. Reptiles recorded include the Tiger Snake, Lowland Copperhead and White-lipped Snake.[2]

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References

Further reading

  • Edward Duyker Citizen Labillardière: A Naturalist’s Life in Revolution and Exploration (1755—1834), Miegunyah/Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2003, ISBN 0 522 85010 3, Paperback reprint, 2004, ISBN 0 522 85160 6, pp. 383 (including notes, glossaries, zoological, botanical and general index), 12 maps, 18 black and white plates [Winner, New South Wales Premier’s General History Prize, 2004].
  • Carr, S. G. M. and Carr, D. J. (1981). "A charmed life: The collections of Labillardière". In Carr, D. J. and Carr, S. G. M.. People and plants in Australia. Sydney: Academic Press. pp. 79–115. ISBN 0-12-160720-8. 

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