The Vertebrate Fauna of south-western Blue Mountains National Park

Overview

This report describes the terrestrial vertebrate fauna of south western Blue Mountains National Park, derived from fauna surveys undertaken by the Department of Environment and Conservation (formerly the NPWS). It documents for the first time the species and habitats of the area, and combines data sourced from all systematic surveys undertaken between 1998 and 2004. It concludes that:

  • 186 vertebrate species are known to occur within the park. This includes 99 native diurnal birds, six nocturnal birds, 14 bats, seven arboreal mammals, 11 native ground mammals, 28 reptiles, 10 frogs, three introduced birds and eight introduced ground mammals.
  • Six threatened species have been regularly recorded in the study area, indicating that good numbers are present within the park. They include:
    • stuttering frog, which has a population of very high conservation significance in the park
    • powerful owl
    • yellow-bellied glider
    • greater broad-nosed bat
    • eastern false pipistrelle
    • eastern bent-wing bat.
  • Additional threatened fauna species include the masked owl, spotted-tailed quoll and koala, which have each been recorded once. A further two threatened species - the brush-tailed rock-wallaby and large-eared pied bat - have been recently observed within two kilometres of the study area. Given that suitable habitat occurs within the study area, these species have the potential to occur within its boundaries.
  • Feral animals, including the rabbit, fox and pig, are present in the park. Pig sightings and evidence of their activity are particularly common around Mount Werong and along drainage lines east of the Dividing Range.
  • The composition and distribution of animal species within the area reflects landscape patterns in elevation, geology and topography, and the influence of both central tableland and coastal hinterland environments on the study area. There are distinctive assemblages of fauna that correspond to the montane and sub-alpine environments in the north, and to the lower altitude valley systems in the far east.

The recent fauna surveys in south western Blue Mountains National Park have contributed important information to our understanding of the distribution, range, habitat preference and conservation status of many animals, including threatened and newly described species. Such information will improve our understanding of species conservation status across the region and assist in the updating of effective management strategies.

All of the records collected during the survey have been entered into the Atlas of NSW Wildlife, which can be accessed by park management staff and members of the public.

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Page last updated: 17 March 2014