Cape Melville – Interesting Visit for Biologists

Australia is yet another continent with several countries and interesting places. One of the fascinating places is Cape Melville. Basically, Melville is for biologists or people who are close to nature like animals and plants. Cape Melville is known for its infamous collection of plants and animals such as plants like eucalypt woodlands, vineyards, heathlands, mangrove and paperbark forests. The southern part of the Cape Melville has amazing rainforests, mangrove coves, and grass tree wetlands.

Cape Melville is some miles away from Brisbane, Australia’s biggest city. It is protected by the threatening granite rocks. Though Brisbane is accessible but the area with rainforest is inaccessible. You can have the aerial view through helicopters. The place is considered as a lonely planet as it is far away from the countryside. There have been three co-existential species of animals that were lately discovered by the scientist in 2013. The granite rocks have protected the area with their blazing fire characteristic and kept it a wetland.

There are some different species too in the Cape Melville that are not seen anywhere else on the globe. One of the renowned widespread plants is foxtail palm, Wodyetia birfucata. They are palms that have their brush like leaves and their back seems a little bottle shaped in the Melville range. Also, one could witness a whole new range of animals like the ring-tailed gecko, Cyrtodactylus tuberculatus and other types of amphibians and reptiles.

The survival of those species is not a surprise anymore. They inhabitants of Cape Melville live in the boulders that are wet and soft. They breed and feed near the surface, comfortably. Therefore, they are also known as ‘terrestrial breeders’ as they lay eggs on the wet rocks and guarded by the male of the family. The tadpoles grow inside the egg and within a month the egg cracks. The tadpoles have become little frogs who would hop in the rocks and disappear.

On the part of biologists, the place gives a look of a biological lab where one can experience with lizards and frogs right there. Those interesting species look different from north and south because they are born in the rocks.

Recently, it is thought that the Cape Melville National Park will have a joint venture with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services and the Cape Melville, Flinders and Howick Islands Aboriginal Corporation. Though the protection is already given by the granite rocks but still there are few intrusive species like pigs have already invaded the area by going to the top. The park managers are trying to protect the area from those invasive species because they are also giving diseases – the biggest threat to animals and people visiting Cape Melville.

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