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5 Jan 2020 – Armchair ticks
 

Didn’t get to the reservoir today, but plenty of photos to process, a few of which I reproduce below. Hoping to get back to the reservoir tomorrow. Water level is 54.4% today.

The beautiful Wandering Pennant Macrodiplax cora, a member of the skimmer family of dragonflies. A tropical and subtropical species found from Africa to Australia, it inhabits mainly slow and still water. Record on iNaturalist here.
Mexican Primrose-Willow Ludwigia octovalvis grows commonly around the edges of the reservoir. This individual has fairly wide leaves (compare with next image), and the fruits that are forming are round in cross section, unlike the angular fruits of L. peruviana and L. longifolia. Despite its name, L. octovalvis is thought to be native to Australia, although the situation is complicated by many introductions globally. Record on iNaturalist here.
This Mexican Primrose-Willow has much narrower leaves, but you can still see the rounded cross section of the fruiting bodies. Record on iNaturalist here.
The brilliant Water Snowflake Nymphoides indica is a pantropical species thought to be native to Australia. Those flowers are amazing! Record on iNaturalist here.
The brilliant little Dentella repens – an Asian and Australasian species occurring from India to Australia. Identified on iNaturalist by Greg Tasney.
Red-necked Wallabies are common in the area, although Swamp Wallabies outnumber them at the water’s edge. Record on iNaturalist here.
Bunchy Flat-Sedge Cyperus polystachyos, a very common species around the edges of the reservoir. Record on iNaturalist here.