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Mayo has or used to have 20 threatened animals within its boundaries. One of them is me, the Fleurieu Peninsula Southern Emu-wren.

We took care to attach appropriate images that are as close to representative of each species as our resources and the availability of images allowed. However, we could not ensure perfect accuracy in every case. Some images show species that share the same genus but not at the species or subspecies level.

Photo of Fleurieu Peninsula Southern Emu-wren

Fleurieu Peninsula Southern Emu-wren

Stipiturus malachurus intermedius

Status: Endangered

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) lists threatened species under six categories:
Extinct, Extinct in the wild, Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable, Conservation dependent. Read more about these categories

Stipiturus malachurus intermedius has greater than 80% of it's range within Mayo

The Southern Emu-wren has an overall length of approximately 16-18 cm, including the exceptionally long tail of about 10-11 cm. Body mass is generally 7-8 g. It is sexually dimorphic, i.e. males and females differ in appearance. In the male, the upper-parts are grey-brown with thick dark brown to black streaks, extending from the crown to the rump, and a rufous-brown forehead. The eye-brow, throat and upper breast are a pale, light blue. The underparts are light brown or tawny-brown except for the belly, which is white. The female is similar to the male in appearance, but has: a light grey-brown to olive-grey forehead; yellow-brown on the eye-brow, throat and upper-breast; and more prominent streaking on the upperparts, particularly on the crown and forehead. These differences are apparent from the time the young leave the nest, with juvenile males able to be distinguished by the pale grey-blue colouring to the eye-brow, throat and upper-breast.¹

Explore more about this species on the Atlas of Living Australia

Adverse fire regimesAdverse fire regimes

Changed surface and groundwater regimesChanged surface and groundwater regimes

Climate change and severe weatherClimate change and severe weather

Disrupted ecosystem and population processesDisrupted ecosystem and population processes

Habitat loss, fragmentation and degradationHabitat loss, fragmentation and degradation

Invasive species and diseasesInvasive species and diseases

Overexploitation and other direct harm from human activitiesOverexploitation and other direct harm from human activities

Explore more about the threats facing species on our Resources page.

Mayo has or used to have 45 threatened plants found within its boundaries. Some of these might not be as photogenic as the Fleurieu Peninsula Southern Emu-wren but they're just as important.

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