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Agathis australis -- Kauri
March 3, 2012

Agathis australis -- Kauri

This photo was taken in the last primary kauri forest on Great Barrier Island. This island is located 90 km from Auckland and has a population of 850 residents. This Kauri forest is on the slopes of Mt. Hobson, the summit of which is the highest point on Great Barrier. Kauri forests were very common in New Zealand before human came, however, quickly became a favourite for logging. The trees are very large, old and strong. (more...)

tags: Biogeography of New Zealand

location: Whangaparapara, Auckland, New Zealand

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Rata
January 19, 2012

1) Species: Metrosideros robusta 2) The rata is a major tree in the forest ecosystems in New Zealand and usually begins as an epiphite, a plant growing on another but not harming it, however, eventually the rata may grow larger than it's host organism. This particular rata has been growing in this forest since before the Polynesians landed in New Zealand. Additionally, surrounding forest have been both wind and fire damaged, but this area remains undisturbed. (more...)

tags: Biogeography of New Zealand, Conservation Biology, Field trip Wellington

location: Eastbourne, Wellington, New Zealand

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Puriri Moth
January 19, 2012

1) Puriri moth, or Ghost moth. Species: Aenetus virescens Largest Moth in New Zealand 2) Puriri moths are endemic to the north island of New Zealand. Reaching up to 150 mm these moths use trees as their homes by burrowing into them and eating the cambium as the tree tries to heal. Holes created by the moths are covered by a camouflaged silky covering. The holes are nearly undetectable except by touch. (more...)

tags: Biogeography of New Zealand, Conservation Biology, Field trip Wellington

location: Eastbourne, Wellington, New Zealand

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