Friday, 27 January 2012

Tales of Scales and Scaly Tails

Possibly the cutest rat in the world? Bush Rat. Rattus fuscipes. Photo: Ryan Pearson
By Ryan Pearson
My recent trip into the wilds of Bauple was about more than just frogs and toads, in fact, the focus was more on other types of critters...the reptiles and mammals... and jeepers are there some similar looking and hard to identify varieties.  For the mammals we caught bandicoots, possums, mice, rats and a bunch of marsupials that look like mice and/or rats... but aren't. For the reptiles we caught monitors, goannas, dragons, geckos, and a heap of different varieties of skink. 

Monday, 16 January 2012

Vanuatu: A Divers' Paradise... or is it?

Vlaming's Unicornfish at Paul's Rock. Naso vlamingii. Photo: Ryan Pearson
By Ryan Pearson
Well, I don't have the bloody answer to that question do I? Why are you asking me? Ok wait, maybe I do have some opinions on the topic after my recent trip to Port Vila over Christmas. DD and I gave the region a thorough work out, testing out three different dive shops and six sites around the capital... with varying results.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

The Amphibians of Bauple

Mixophyes fasciolatus. Photo: Ryan Pearson
By Ryan Pearson
Last month I was out bush helping with the field work for a PHD student. During this week in the bush (in and around Bauple, QLD, Australia), we encountered many different types of frog and toad. I'm going to use this space to talk a little bit about the amphibians we found, but also the process of identifying these creatures.