Rainforest fauna and flora

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Rainforest fauna and flora

Strangler figs grow around a trees trunk and suck out the nutritions that then kills the tree. Liana vines are climbers that often form bridges between the forest canopy, connect the entire forest and provide arboreal animals with paths across the forest.

Australian water dragons have long powerful limbs and claws for climbing, a long muscular laterally-compressed tail for swimming, and prominent nuchal and vertebral crests. (A nuchal crest is a central row of spikes at the base of the head. These spikes continue down the spine, getting smaller as they reach the base of the tail.)

A Lyrebird is either of two species of ground-dwelling Australian birds, most notable for their superb ability to mimic natural and artificial sounds from their environment. Lyrebirds have unique plumes of neutral coloured tailfeathers.

The sugar glider is a marsupial which is native to eastern and northern mainland Australia (as well as being introduced to Tasmania, Australia), and is also native to New Guinea.

The species are unusual in having three distinct leaf patterns on the same plant, unlobed oval, bilobed (mitten-shaped), and trilobed (three pronged); rarely the leaves can be five-lobed.

The timber is red in colour, easy to work and very highly valued. It was used extensively for furniture, wood panelling and construction, including shipbuilding, and was referred to as "Red Gold" by Australian settlers.



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