Specimen of the month

Cassowaries are as tall as a person, with a high helmet on their heads. They have a vivid blue neck and long drooping red wattles. The southern cassowary is found only in the tropical rainforests of north east Queensland, Papua New Guinea and some surrounding...

If your image of a typical mammal is a vertebrate animal that feeds it young milk and is covered with hair, then the pangolin appears to be a square peg that just won’t fit in that round hole! ...

The diminutive northern flying squirrel is a small species of squirrel native to North America. It is one of three 'new world' flying squirrels that occur on that continent, the others being the southern flying squirrel (Glaucomys volans), and a brand new species - Humboldt's...

Looking at a primate specimen, such as this mounted specimen of a rhesus macaque, is a bit like looking into our human past, and perhaps a bit of the present too. ...

Look closely and you’ll notice a number of faint cuts and pits across the surface of this rib bone. This rib belongs to a Diprotodon, an extinct rhino-sized relative of today’s wombats that lived during the Pleistocene (0.1–2 million years ago)....

Xerochrysum sp. Glencoe was first collected by Alan Cunningham in 1827 and then again in 1957 by Max Gray. Only recently did we rediscover this stunning perennial herb. ...

The tusks have a variety of uses, although for the most part they are used in self defence, and by males when posturing to establish dominance hierarchies. However, if display alone is not effective, males will use their tusk to strike and injure their opponent....

The story of the loss and rediscovery of Notamacropus parma or Parma Wallaby is an interesting one. After the arrival of foxes and cats in New England, many mammals became threatened, and some were sent to extinction. ...

The Neoceratodus forsteri Australian Lungfish 39 is one of only six lungfish species in the world, and exists amongst stagnant or slow moving streams along the Burnett and Mary River systems in Queensland, Australia. It can grow to ~1.5 m in length and weigh ~40...

Petauroides volans Southern Greater Gliders are one of five gliding possum species found in the New England region; the other four are Petaurus australis Yellow-bellied Glider, Acrobates pygmaeus Feather-tailed Glider, Petaurus breviceps Sugar Glider 5 (above) and Petaurus norfolcensis Squirrel Glider....