WAMinals

Access information about some of the wonderful specimens and species curated by the WAM staff. Ever wanted to know more about what spiders inhabit the spinifex of the Pilbara, or what nudibranchs (sea slugs) can be found hiding on the seafloor of the Montebellos Islands? Ever wondered just how many marsupial mice there are in the arid zone, or what specimens the museum holds for the iconic Carnaby’s White-tailed Black Cockatoo? This is the place where you can learn more about the unique fauna of the diverse and ancient Western Australian landscape.

These species fact sheets provide details about taxonomy, morphologically distinguishing features, evolutionary context, behaviour, life history, distribution and habitat. For some species, not all of this information is available, such is the limited understanding we still have for much of Australia’s biodiversity. Because of this, these pages should be considered as living, breathing documents, which will change as more information comes to light, and as the WAM curators put names on many of the currently unnamed species in the collection.

For many of the species that the staff of the Western Australian Museum work on, there is very little information available about their biology, ecology or behaviour. For these species, the distributions of these species is often the most important information we hold and as such, the WAMinals pages have a sophisticated mapping function to display the distributions of specimens held by the museum. This tool will allow you to overlay the distributions of closely related taxa, and compare them. Importantly, the maps link directly to the data held in the museum database, and so as specimens are added, or species are reevaluated and changed, the maps will change as well.

For some species, the staff of the Western Australian Museum have also provided a recommended conservation assessment, assessed against the IUCN Red List criteria. Where these conservation assessments conclude that species are vulnerable, threatened or endangered, submissions for listing on the Western Australian Threatened species list, or priority list, are being made, or have been made. Where these recommendations have been successful, the conservation status for Western Australia is also provided.