Daintree Rainforest - Wet
Tropics Flora and Fauna
(Photo: Mike Trenerry)
About 3,000 plant species from 210 families
are found in the Wet Tropics. Twelve out of the world's 19 families
of primitive flowering plants grow here and within these families,
there are at least 50 species found only in the Wet Tropics. While
many of the plants in the rainforest have been around for millions
of years, learn about ferns that have been around for much longer
than that. Learn how the Area provides an unparalleled living
record of the ecological and evolutionary processes that shaped
the flora and fauna of Australia over the past 415 million years.
Learn more about the mammals, reptiles, freshwater
fish, birds and frogs of the World Heritage Area. This area is
home to about a third of Australia's 315 mammal species - 13 of
these species are found nowhere else in the world. They include
unique green possums, ringtail possums, fierce marsupial cats,
rare bats, tree-kangaroos, a rat-kangaroo, a melomys and an antechinus.
There are many spectacular insects to see in Australia's Tropical
Rainforests. Do you know what a peripatus is? Read on to find
out about the invertebrates that inhabit these forests including,
crustaceans, worms, beetles, ants, spiders, mites, scorpions,
amblypygids, centipedes and millipedes, not to mention the snails
and slugs. While the Wet Tropics region is home to a quarter of
Australia's frogs and a little over a third of the country's freshwater
fish, it is also home to nearly half of Australia's birds - that's
more than 370 different species.
There are so many different things
to see in our forests that many interesting but demure species
go unnoticed. See some of the colourful forms of mushrooms and
fungi that inhabit the rainforest floor. They play an important
role but for most of their lives, they remain hidden inside rotting
wood or in the soil - only making a cameo appearance when it is
time to reproduce.
cortesy of the Wet Tropics Management Authority.
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