Wednesday, September 16, 2020

NRMjobs Quiz answers 17-Sep-2020

This week’s theme: ‘Marsupitoons’

(1) What is the name of the bettong who appears as an occasional character in The Guardian’s ‘First Dog on the Moon’ cartoon? (bonus: what is the name of the bandicoot character?).

Answer: Fiona the Unemployed Bettong / aka Fiona the Precariously Employed Bettong (bonus: The ABC Interpretive Dance Bandicoot)

(2) What frenetic marsupial made his official debut in a short 1954 Warner Brothers cartoon, which also featured Bugs Bunny?

Answer: Taz, the Tasmanian devil.

(3) What best-selling video game franchise begins on a beach the fictitious Wumpa Islands, an archipelago south east of Australia? (bonus: what is the name of the beach?)

Answer: Crash Bandicoot (bonus: N. Sanity Beach).

(4) In the Magic Pudding, what is the name of Bunyip Bluegum’s be-whiskered uncle?

Answer: Uncle Wattleberry.

(5) What 1990s US animated TV series starred an immigrant wallaby as the main character, whose sidekicks were Heifer, Filbert and Spunky?

Answer: Rocko’s Modern Life.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

NRMjobs Quiz answers 9-Sep-2020

This week’s theme: ‘Extinct’

(1) What small, central Australian mammal – last collected in 1933 and now presumed extinct –built large nests up to three metres long?


Answer: Lesser Stick-nest Rat (Leporillus apicalis).


(2) In 2019 a native Queensland mouse, the Bramble Cay melomys (Melomys rubicola) was formally declared to be extinct. Why did this extinction make world headlines?


Answer: It was believed to be the first mammal extinction caused by anthropogenic climate change.


(3) By 1855, three island sub-species of emus had been extinguished in southern Australia. What islands did they inhabit? (one point each).


Answer: King Island, Kangaroo Island & Tasmania.


(4) What dainty, kitten-sized, spindly-legged marsupial which formerly inhabited inland deserts in central and west Australia, was last reported in the 1950s, and is now known only from 29 museum specimens?


Answer: Pig-footed bandicoot (Chaeropus sp.)


(5) According to the EPBC Act List of Threatened Flora, how many plants have become extinct in Australia since 1788? (a) 7 (b) 17 (c) 27 (d) 37 (e) 47


Answer: (d) 37

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

NRMjobs Quiz answers 3-Sep-2020

This week’s theme: ‘Native conifers’

(1) What extraordinarily long-lived Australian conifer is the only member of the Lagarostrobos genus?


Answer: Huon pine (Lagarostrobos franklinii).


(2) What critically endangered conifer species occurs within 150km of Sydney, and was unknown to science until 1994?


Answer: Wollemi pine (Wollemia nobilis).


(3) Callitris (‘Cyprus pine’) is a southern hemisphere genus, with 13 of the 16 recognised species native to Australia. What country are the other three species native to?


Answer: France (New Caledonia).


(4) Growing to 45 metres, and occurring naturally only in Queensland, what Araucaria species is famous for its enormous cones and large, edible seeds.


Answer: Araucaria bidwillii (Bunya pine).


(5) The genus Athrotaxis – which includes Pencil Pines and King Billy Pines – is endemic to what Australian State or Territory?


Answer: Tasmania.


Thursday, August 27, 2020

NRMjobs Quiz answers 27-Aug-2020

This week’s theme: ‘Rakali’


(1) True or false?: Rakali carry their young in a pouch.


Answer: False.


(2) Rakali made headlines around Australia in March 2019, when a study from northern WA found it was one of the few native mammal species which had learned to do what?


Answer: Safely prey on cane toads.


(3) According to a biography by William Shawcross, which billionaire businessman, when a child, used to trap Rakali on his family’s property on the Murrumbidgee River, paying his sister Helen a penny each to skin them?


Answer: Rupert Murdoch.


(4) Which of the following is not a physical feature of a Rakali? (a) White tip on tail (b) Golden belly fur (c) Water repellent fur (d) Flat, beaver-like tail (e) Webbed hind feet.


Answer: (d) Flat, beaver-like tail


(5) What common fishing accessory has been banned in Victoria, and is under scrutiny elsewhere, because of its impact on Rakali, Turtles and Platypuses?


Answer: ‘Opera house’ yabby nets.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

NRMjobs Quiz answers 20-August-2020

This week’s theme: ‘Redbacks’


Approximately how many Australians are bitten by redbacks every year? (a) 20 (b) 200 (c) 2,000 (d) 20,000 (bonus: approximately how many people die each year from redback bites).


Answer: (c) 2,000 (bonus: approximately zero).


The Redbacks is the official nickname of what sporting team?


Answer: South Australian Men’s Cricket.


What close relative of the redback – whose name translates in English as ‘night stinger’ – is an endangered native species in New Zealand?


Answer: Katipo (Latrodectus katipo).


What aspect of redback’s cannibalistic mating behaviour has made the species internationally famous amongst behavioural ecologists?


Answer: During mating, the male redback often actively helps the female to consume him, twisting his body around so that his abdomen is presented to the female’s fangs.


In what decade was Slim Newton’s song ‘Redback on the Toilet Seat’ released in Australia? (bonus: in what year did it reach number 3 on the National Top 40 Singles Chart).


Answer: The 70s (bonus: 1972).

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

NRMjobs Quiz answers 13-August-2020

This week’s theme: ‘Fossils’

(1) Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve, near Shark Bay in Western Australia, is home to living examples of what ancient form of living organism, dating back perhaps 3.5 billion years?


Answer: Stromatalites.


(2) What site discovered in 1946 on Nilpena Station, in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges, has given its name to a Period, 635-542 million years ago, when complex multi-cellular lifeforms first appeared on Earth?


Answer: Ediacara.


(3) In 1955 a roadworker near Canowindra, in central NSW, turned up a rock slab bearing a mass of fossils from the late Devonian Period (about 360-370 million years ago). What were the fossils of?


Answer: Freshwater fish.


(4) In 2008 scientists named a 380-million-year-old fossil ‘Materpiscis attenboroughi’ (after David Attenborough). What made the fossil, discovered at Western Australia’s Gogo fossil site, so special?


Answer: The fossil included a placoderm fish embryo still attached to its mother by an umbilical cord – the earliest evidence of live birth.


(5) What nickname was given to an opalised pliosaur, dating from about 115 million years ago, which was discovered by an opal miner at Coober Pedy in South Australia in 1987?


Answer: Eric.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

NRMjobs Quiz answers 6-August-2020

This week’s theme: ‘Emblems’


(1) What is the official bird emblem of Australia?


Answer: Emu.


(2) What is the animal emblem of NSW?


Answer: Platypus.


(3) The leafy sea dragon, Phycodurus eques, is the fish emblem of what State / Territory?


Answer: South Australia.


(4) Sturt’s desert rose is the floral emblem of what State / Territory?


Answer: Northern Territory.


(5) Match the bird with its State / Territory (one point each): (a) Yellow wattle bird, (b) Black swan, (c) Kookaburra, (d) Wedge-tailed eagle, (e) Helmeted honey eater, (f) Gang-gang cockatoo, (g) Piping shrike, (h) Brolga.


Answer: (a) Yellow wattle bird – Tasmania (b) Black swan – WA (c) Kookaburra – NSW (d) Wedge-tailed eagle – NT (e) Helmeted honey eater – Victoria (f) Gang-gang cockatoo – ACT (g) Piping shrike – SA (h) Brolga.- Queensland.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

NRMjobs Quiz answers 30-July-2020

(1) Tympanocryptis pinguicolla is a tiny, endangered dragon found in native grasslands in the Canberra region. What is its common name?


Answer: Grassland Earless Dragon.


(2) Believed to be the largest of its kind in the world, Petalura ingentissima is a giant flying dragon from which State?


Answer: Queensland (Giant petaltail dragonfly).


(3) What climbing, swimming dragon from Eastern Australia can grow up to one metre long, and has a crest of spikes running from its head down its spine to its tail.


Answer: Eastern Water Dragon (Intellagama lesueurii).


(4) Ctenophorus maculosus is found on the shores of Kati Thanda. What is its common name?


Answer: Lake Eyre Dragon.


(5) What extinct Australian relative of Indonesia’s Komodo dragon was the largest terrestrial lizard that ever lived?


Answer: Megalania (Megalania prisca).

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

NRMjobs Quiz answers 23-Jul-2020

This week’s theme: ‘Lines’


(1) Who surveyed the 19th century line on South Australian maps which marked the limit of reliable annual rainfall?


Answer: George Goyder.


(2) What line, drawn up by a famous English evolutionary theorist, marks the division between the fauna of South East Asia and the fauna of Australia?


Answer: The Wallace Line.


(3) What quintessentially Australian lines were popularised by author Bruce Chatwin in his ground-breaking 1987 book?


Answer: Songlines


(4) What line did Charles Todd complete in 1872?


Answer: The Overland Telegraph Line (from Port Augusta to Darwin).


(5) What organisation, founded by former Australian park ranger Sean Willmore, aims to protect and support park rangers around the world?


Answer: The Thin Green Line Foundation.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

NRMjobs Quiz answers 16-Jul-2020

This week’s theme: ‘Landcare’


(1) What significant landcare event occurred on the 20th anniversary of the first moon landing? (bonus point: where did it take place?).


Answer: Prime Minister Bob Hawke officially launched the national Landcare movement by announcing the first Decade of Landcare (bonus: near Wentworth, at the confluence of the Murray and Darling Rivers).


(2) What does the acronym RALF stand for?


Answer: Regional Agricultural Landcare Facilitator.


(3) On 25 November, 1986 Australia’s first official Land Care group formed near St Arnaud in Victoria. What was the group’s name?


Answer: Winjallok Landcare Group,.


(4) Approximately how many landcare groups currently exist in Australia? (a) 1,000 (b) 2,000 (c) 3,000 (d) 4,000 (e) 5,000.


Answer: (d) 4,000.


(5) Which former Australian Landcare Ambassador was also Darth Vader’s stepfather?


Answer: Actor Jack Thompson.