Tiwi Islands – Northern Territory


Information courtesy of the Department of Natural Resources, Environment and The Arts 




Erythrotriorchis radiatus

more information… 


Geophaps smithii

more information…


MASKED OWL (Endemic)

Tyto novaehollandiae melvillensis
more information…



Sminthopsis butleri

more information…



Xeromis myoides

more information…



to be continued ...

3 Responses to “SPECIES @ RISK”

  1. youssef said

    please send me a list of native plants that useto grow on Tiwi Irland thank you

  2. tiwiccbb said









    The predominant vegetation communities are eucalypt forest and woodlands with tussock and hummock grass understorey (Connor et. al., 1996). However there is a diversity of vegetation communities in the bioregion, varying with topography and drainage (Kerle, 1996). These are:

    Monsoon vine forest thicket
    This bioregion has relatively large areas of coastal, spring and riparian monsoon rainforests, which typically occur as small species-rich patches

    Undulating low plateaux, and gravel rises
    The most extensive vegetation type away from the immediate coast is eucalypt forest co dominated by darwin stringybark (Eucalyptus tetrodonta) and darwin woolly butt (E. miniata), often in association with melville island bloodwood (E. nesophila), ironwood (Erythrophleum chorostachys) and northern cypress pine (Callitris intratropica). Many forests also have a well developed shrub layer including Acacias, fan palm (Livistona humilis), the tall palm (Gronophyllum ramsayi), cycads and screw palm (Pandanus spiralis).

    Eucalypt woodlands occur in more restricted areas, typically on heavier soils. The dominant species include Corymbia latifolia and C. oligantha.

    Riverine and poorly drained soils
    Paper bark swamps occur on some creek systems and drainage depressions. Species include Melaleuca leucadendra, M. cajuputi and M. viridiflora). Grasslands and sedgelands occur on the seasonal floodplains including wild rice (Oryza rufopogon), and spikerush (Eleocharis spp.).

    Coastal communities
    Coastal communities vary from beach dunes to salt flats, heathlands, swamps, shrublands and mangrove closed forest. There are a number of species of mangrove, the most common being the white mangrove (Avicennia marina). Dunes may include coastal sheoak (Casuarina equisetifolia).

  3. Anonymous said

    Ants come to light on the Tiwis

    Wednesday, 26/08/2009

    While much of the world is lamenting the loss of biodiversity and the extinction of species, on islands off the coast of Darwin, new species are still being discovered.

    In fact, this year, 20 new species of ants have been discovered on the Tiwi Islands.

    Alan Anderson, chief research scientist for the CSIRO in Darwin, says the Islands have the perfect environment for such discoveries.

    “The Tiwi Islands are really interesting from a biogeographic perspective, because they’re the most northerly part of this part of Northern Australia and the wettest part,” he says.

    “So there’s a lot of plants and animals species that are only found here.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: