This report provides a comprehensive listing of vertebrate fauna recorded from Fraser Island Wor1d Heritage Area. The report aims to:
• Provide a basis for conservation planning and management;
• Act as a source of information for staff, visitors, residents and other interest groups.
A range of fauna species lists have been previously compiled for Fraser Island (eg. Q.NPWS/Queensland Forest Service no date; Queensland Government 1990). Since these lists were produced, there have been considerable changes to species taxonomy and a large number of new records for Fraser Island. Additionally, the original lists included some species which are unlikely to occur on Fraser Island based on our present understanding of fauna distribution and habitat requirements. These inaccuracies, combined with an increasing community interest in fauna conservation, have generated a clear need for accurate and updated species lists to be available for Fraser Island World Heritage Area.
The report consists of species lists for each of the major vertebrate fauna groups, namely:
• Freshwater fish
For each fauna group, current taxonomy and common names are used. Species records are only included in the lists where they are included in primary data sources (Museum specimens, published literature and reliable records from experienced Q.NPWS staff and other naturalists). This process has involved extensive research and checking of original data. and literature sources rather than accepting the previously compiled species lists as being necessarily accurate. Accordingly, a large number of records included in Q.NPWS/QFS species lists and Queensland Government (1990) have been excluded as such records could not be confirmed from primary data sources. lt is possible that records such as these may be confirmed through future surveys and observations.