Flat Top Island

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This article is about the island off Tasmania. For the island off Queensland, see Flat Top Island, Queensland.
Map of the Maatsuyker Islands

Flat Top Island is a 1.58 ha island in south-eastern Australia. It is part of the Maatsuyker Island Group, lying close to the southern end of the south-western coast of Tasmania. It is also part of the Southwest National Park, and thus within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Site.[1][2] The island is part of the Maatsuyker Island Group Important Bird Area, identified as such by BirdLife International because of its importance as a breeding site for seabirds.[3]

Fauna[edit]

Recorded breeding seabird species are the Short-tailed Shearwater (400 pairs), Fairy Prion (5000 pairs), Common Diving-Petrel (1000 pairs) and Pacific Gull. The island is a haul-out site for the Australian Fur Seal. The Tasmanian Tree Skink is present.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brothers, Nigel; Pemberton, David; Pryor, Helen; & Halley, Vanessa. (2001). Tasmania’s Offshore Islands: seabirds and other natural features. Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery: Hobart. ISBN 0-7246-4816-X
  2. ^ Small Southern Islands Conservation Management Statement 2002, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, 2002, archived from the original on 2006-08-22, retrieved 2006-07-20 
  3. ^ BirdLife International. (2011). Important Bird Areas factsheet: Maatsuyker Island Group. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 09/08/2011.

Coordinates: 43°38′24″S 146°23′03″E / 43.64000°S 146.38417°E / -43.64000; 146.38417