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.
Flat Top Island
Maatsuyker Islands.png
Detailed map of the Maatsuyker Islands Group, showing Flat Top Island on the right
Flat Top Island is located in Tasmania
Flat Top Island
Flat Top Island
Location off the southern coast of Tasmania
Geography
Location South West Tasmania
Coordinates 43°37′48″S 146°22′48″E / 43.63000°S 146.38000°E / -43.63000; 146.38000Coordinates: 43°37′48″S 146°22′48″E / 43.63000°S 146.38000°E / -43.63000; 146.38000
Archipelago Maatsuyker Islands Group
Adjacent bodies of water Southern Ocean
Area 1.58 ha (3.9 acres)[1]:21
Country
Australia
State Tasmania
Region South West
Demographics
Population Unpopulated

Flat Top Island is an island located close to the south-western coast of Tasmania, Australia. The 1.58-hectare (0.0061 sq mi) island is part of the Maatsuyker Islands Group, and comprises part of the Southwest National Park and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Site.[1][2]

Fauna[edit]

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] 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][2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Small Southern Islands Conservation Management Statement 2002" (PDF). Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service. 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 August 2006. Retrieved 20 July 2006. 
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ BirdLife International. (2011). Important Bird Areas factsheet: Maatsuyker Island Group. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 09/08/2011.