The reptile fauna of the Upper Billabong Creek Catchment Area, Southern New South Wales

Steven Sass, David Watson, Andrea Wilson

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Abstract

The Upper Billabong Creek Catchment Area is centred on the rural town of Holbrook in southern New South Wales. The catchment has undergone significant changes over the past 120 years resulting in widespread clearing of native vegetation. Despite comprehensive research on birds, mammals and vascular plants throughout the region, the reptile fauna has received little attention in surveys within this fragmented landscape. Systematic surveys for reptiles in 2005-06 recorded 28 species and revealed differences in reptile distribution patterns across the catchment. A review of previous studies and records from the NSW Atlas of Wildlife database provide an additional 12 species, giving a total of 40 species known to be present in the Upper Billabong Creek Catchment. The presence of reptiles of conservation significance is discussed, including the recent detection of the Pink-tailed Worm Lizard (Aprasia parapulchella). This species is listed as endangered under both NSW and Commonwealth legislation and it is recommended that catchment-wide surveys to better understand their distribution be given high priority. This paper provides a comprehensive inventory of reptile fauna in the Upper Billabong Creek Catchment for natural resource managers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-49
Number of pages9
JournalHerpetofauna
Volume38
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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