Ile du Golfe

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Ile du Golfe
Ile Du Golfe map.png
A map of Ile Du Golfe
Ile du Golfe is located in Tasmania
Ile du Golfe
Ile du Golfe
Location off the southern coast of Tasmania
Geography
LocationSouth West Tasmania
Coordinates43°34′12″S 146°31′12″E / 43.57000°S 146.52000°E / -43.57000; 146.52000Coordinates: 43°34′12″S 146°31′12″E / 43.57000°S 146.52000°E / -43.57000; 146.52000
ArchipelagoMaatsuyker Islands Group
Adjacent bodies of waterSouthern Ocean
Area68 ha (170 acres)[1]
Highest elevation156 m (512 ft)
Administration
Australia
StateTasmania
RegionSouth West
Demographics
PopulationUnpopulated

The Ile du Golfe is a limestone island located close to the south-western coast of Tasmania, Australia. The long, narrow dolphin-shaped 68-hectare (0.26 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]

The island's highest point is 156 metres (512 ft) above sea level.

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 and wader species are the little penguin, short-tailed shearwater (134,000 pairs), fairy prion (356,000 pairs), Pacific gull, silver gull, sooty oystercatcher and black-faced cormorant. The swamp antechinus has been recorded. Reptiles present include the Tasmanian tree skink, metallic skink and three-lined skink.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "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.