Some North Coast Flora is a CD available with over 130 native plant species of the New South Wales north coast. Grouped into plant Family folders this easy to use reference guide comes complete with good quality colour images for each species compiled by John Hancocks and is provided free for private use.
A new educational resource providing details of over 300 significant species that can be found growing in the Clarence Valley is now available at the Clarence Environment Centre (CEC) for $7. each. The DVD provides a PDF fact sheet for each species with a photograph or image and provides scientific and common names, family name, protected status, a brief description, localities and range of occurence and threats faced.
Contact – Clarence Environment Centre. 31 Skinner St. South Grafton. N.S.W. 2460.
The peer-reviewed quarterly journal Systematics and Biodiversity recently published the report – Perspectives. Colour and size variation in Junonia villida ( Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae ) : subspecies or phenotypic plasticity ? by R.I. Vane-Wright and W. John Tennant.
The review was based on” examination of c.1500 museum specimens from its entire geographical range from the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean to the Gambiers in mid-Pacific, spanning over 154 degrees of longitude, or 43% of the circumference of the Earth. Mostly found in open grasslands or disturbed areas, including woodlands and disturbed forests from sea-level up to 1500m or more in elevation, it is variable in wing colour pattern on both upper and lower surfaces. The causes of this variability are uncertain, but temperature, photoperiod, rainfall, migration and perhaps underlying geographical differentiation may all play a role.”
The Clarence Valley Meadow Argus butterfly is represented by the image on lower right side taken on the Conservation Area for the cover illustration showing six Australian butterfly with various differences in colour pattern.
Further reference available; http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tsab20/current
“Voyage `a la Nouvelle Guinee, dans lequel on trouve la description des Lieux, des Observations physiques and morales, & des details relatifs `a I’Histoire Naturelle….”.
Paris, chez Ruault, 1776.
Quarto, with 119 full-page engravings (Original incorrect numbering up to 120), many folding; a few spots affect the half-title yet a fine fresh copy in superb contemporary French binding of patterned calf, spine gilt with raised bands and red morocco label.
First edition of Sonnerat”s important book of New Guinea, the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies, and accidently an odd Australian “first” (see below).
Sonnerat, whose uncle Pierre Poivre was the Intendant of Mauritius, was sent on a spice-and plant-hunting voyage; he made his first stop in the Seychelles. His book is superbly illustrated with natural history engravings after his own original drawings. The famous frontispiece is a self-portrait of the author sitting under a coco-de-mer palm, while the first four plates show details of the palm and its botany; the text includes one of the earliest descriptions of the palm, and its habitat in the early days of the colony. The first folding plate is a coastal panorama of the Seychelles and Coetivy Island, the first to appear in any publication.
Another engraving (plate106) is, remarkably one of the earliest printed descriptions of an Australian bird – the laughing kookaburra, wrongly titled by Sonnerat as the “Grand Martin-Pecheur la nouvelle Guinea”. It in fact depicts one of the kookaburras caught by Sir Joseph Banks on the east coast of Australia in 1770. On the Endeavour’s return journey, Banks gave a specimen to Sonnerat when they met at the Cape of Good Hope. This is how the bird acquired its incorrect but lasting scientific name. Dacelo novaguineae. $5000.
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