The patterns of composition and distribution of vertebrate fauna in Queensland's tropical savannas are poorly known. The sandstone landscapes of White Mountains National Park are considered to be significant for fauna given its geographical position on the Great Dividing Range. A survey at White Mountains National Park was undertaken in order to determine the species present, and place them in the context of the assemblages recorded within the Desert Uplands Bioregion. Standardised trapping and incidental data collection techniques were used and a total of 122 vertebrate fauna species (53 being new to the park) were identified. The fauna assemblage contains a mix of vertebrates with some affiliation to north-eastern Queensland tropical savannas (e.g. Anomalopus gowi, Uperoleia lithomoda, Chaerephon jobensis), more mesic east coastal environments (e.g. Glaphyromorphus punctulatus, Planigale maculata, Rattus sordidus) and species distributed generally within and west of the Desert Uplands (e.g. Pseudomys desertor, Ctenotus rosarium, Gehyra variegata, Lerista wilkinsi).
Vertebrate fauna survey of White Mountains National Park in the Desert Uplands Bioregion, central-north Queensland
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A.S. Kutt, J.E. Kemp, K.R. McDonald, Y. Williams, S.E. Williams, H.B. Hines, J-M. Hero, G. Torr; Vertebrate fauna survey of White Mountains National Park in the Desert Uplands Bioregion, central-north Queensland. Australian Zoologist 1 June 2005; 33 (1): 17–38. doi: https://doi.org/10.7882/AZ.2005.002
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