Zoological Project Localities


NE heathlands 1986-88

In this project, funded by the Plomley Foundation, Tracey Churchill methodically studied the spider fauna of four relatively undisturbed sites in NE coastal heathland. Besides hand-collecting and sweep-netting, Churchill set out a grid of 27 pitfall traps at each of her four sites. Sampling was at 5-weekly intervals from October 1986 to January 1988. Spiders are in the Queensland Museum and the Queen Victoria Museum; other specimens (including sorted-out frogs, lizards and millipedes) are in the Queen Victoria Museum.
 
On this page the primary spatial data (in bold) are latitudes and longitudes from Churchill (1996). Derived spatial data are the 100 m UTM grid squares containing the indicated lat/long, and full UTM grid references for the centres of these 100 m squares. Precision is likely to be 100 m around centres of 100 m grid squares.
 
Note that the locations given here are based on the AGD66 datum. To convert these grid references to the system based on the GDA94 datum, add 112 m to eastings and 183 m to northings. To convert latitude/longitude to GDA94 (approximately equivalent to WGS84), subtract 5.4" from latitude and add 4.8" to longitude.
 
References:
 
Churchill, T.B. 1993. Effects of sampling method on composition of a Tasmanian coastal heathland spider assemblage. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 33(2): 475-481.
Churchill, T.B. 1996. Coastal heathland spiders: spatial distribution and biogeographic significance. Pp. 151-158 in Mesibov, R. (ed.), Biogeography of northeast Tasmania. Records of the Queen Victoria Museum 103.


 

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Notes

Waterhouse Point
Site 1

EQ535779
553550 5477950

4050'51"
14738'07"

40

open heath, Xanthorrhea-Banksia-Allocasuarina-Epacris

Waterhouse Point
Site 2

EQ572788
557250 5478850

4050'20"
14740'45"

30

closed heath, Banksia-Allocasuarina-Epacris-Lomandra

Eddystone Point
Site 3

FQ113608
611350 5460850

4059'44"
14819'27"

10

non-uniform heath and scrub, Xanthorrhea-Leptospermum-Banksia-Selaginella-sedges

Eddystone Point
Site 4

FQ110603
611050 5460350

4100'02"
14819'15"

10

low heath, Ricinocarpus-Hypolaena-Aotus-Leptospermum-Selaginella


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