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March Meeting - An Exposé of Darwin's Mangrove Molluscs

Wednesday Mar 14 7:45 pm

Duration: 1.5 hrs

Come and discover some of the fascinating invertebrate fauna that inhabits Darwin's mangroves.

This presentation is by Adam Bourke, who since 2011 has worked as an environmental consultant specialising in the mangrove flora and invertebrate fauna of Darwin Harbour's mangrove forests. Over the past few years he has been putting together a field guide on the molluscs of Darwin's mangroves and is in the final stages of writing up this soon to be published book.

With over 150 species of molluscs recorded so far, Darwin Harbour's mangroves have it all. From tiny snails the size of poppy seeds, to deep-burrowing clams that derive nutrition from sulphur-oxidizing bacteria, to tree-climbing marine slugs - the molluscs inhabiting Darwin's mangrove forests are wonderfully varied in their size, diversity and behaviour.

Although molluscs are one of the most abundant groups of animals living within mangrove forests, there are few handbooks or field guides illustrating their actual diversity. As such, Adam and two local experts have taken it upon themselves to produce Australia's first field guide to mangrove-dwelling molluscs. His presentation provides an introduction to the molluscs living within our mangrove forests and showcases beautiful photographs of both the shells and the remarkable animals that make them.

The presentations at Field Nats' monthly meetings are free, open to the public, informative and have a focus on the Top End's fauna, flora and environment. We hope to see you there.