Huon Island

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Huon Island is an island with an area of 47 hectares in south-eastern Australia. It is part of the Partridge Island Group, lying close to the south-eastern coast of Tasmania, in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel between Bruny Island and the mainland. The island has a small human population and has been subjected to intensive agricultural activities in the past.[1]

Flora and fauna[edit]

The vegetation is dominated by introduced grasses and bracken with some large, scattered white gums in the north-west. Recorded breeding seabird species are little penguin and short-tailed shearwater. European rabbits have been introduced to the island. The metallic skink is present.[1]

History[edit]

"Huon Island was discovered by M. de Cretin, one of D'Entrecasteaux's officers, on May 2, 1792."[2]

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. ^ http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article10114401

Coordinates: 43°17′24″S 147°08′42″E / 43.29000°S 147.14500°E / -43.29000; 147.14500