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Monash has or used to have 28 threatened animals within its boundaries. One of them is me, the Giant Gippsland Earthworm.

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 Giant Gippsland Earthworm

Giant Gippsland Earthworm

Megascolides australis

Status: Vulnerable

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

Megascolides australis is only found within Monash

The Giant Gippsland Earthworm is one of the largest earthworms in the world. It grows to 80–100+ cm long and is 2 cm in diameter. It has 300 to 400 body segments. The front third of the body, including the head, is dark purple and the remainder is a pinkish-grey. Weight's of up to 400 g have been recorded with an average weight of 200 g.¹

Explore more about this species on the Atlas of Living Australia

Changed surface and groundwater regimesChanged surface and groundwater regimes

Habitat loss, fragmentation and degradationHabitat loss, fragmentation and degradation

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

Monash has or used to have 19 threatened plants found within its boundaries. Some of these might not be as photogenic as the Giant Gippsland Earthworm but they're just as important.

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