Common names and scientific names for mammals are from Strahan (1983). Common and scientific names for birds are from Emison et al. (1987). Common names for reptiles and amphibians are corn the Atlas of Victorian Wildlife, while scientific names are from Cogger (1992), with adherence to the recent revision for the genus Pseudemoia by Hutchinson and Donellan (1992).


Listed in the table below are the native and introduced fauna recorded from the study area during the present survey.

Common Name Scientific Name Record
O = Observation
T = Trapped/Hand-held
H = identified from Hair
S = identified from Scat
R = identified from Remains
I = Indirect evidence
OH = OverHead
Birds (native)   
Great Cormorant Phalecrocorax carbo O
Little Slack Cormorant Phalecrocorax sulcirostris O
White-faced Heron Ardea novaehollandiae O
Pacific Black Duck Anas superciliosis O
Maned Duck Chenonetta jubata O
Black-shouldered Kite Elanus notatus O
Dusky Moorhen Gallinula tenebrosa O
Silver Gull Lorus novaehollandiae O
Crested Tern Sterna bergii O
Rainbow Lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus O
Barn owl Tyto alba O
Welcome Swallow Hirundo neoxena O
Willie Wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys O
Clamorous Reed-warbler Acrocephalus stentoreus O
Red Wattlebird Anthochaera carunulata O
White-plumed Honeyeater Lichenostomus penicilliatus O
Australian Magpie Lark Grallina cyanoleuca O
Little Raven Corvus mellori O
Birds (introduced)  
Spotted Turtle-dove Streptopelia chinensis O
Blackbird Turdus merulaO
Common Starling Turdus vulgaris O
Common MynahAcridotheres tristis O, T
Mammals (natives)
Common Brushtail Possum Trichosurus vulpecula O, H,S
Common Ringtail Possum Pseudocheirus peregrinus R
Grey-headed Flying Fox Pteropus poliocephalus OH
Mammals (introduced)
Dog (probably domestic) Canis familiaris S
Fox Vulpes vulpes S,I
Black Rat Rattus rattus O, H
Brown Rat Rattus norvegicus O, H
House Mouse Mus musculus H
Southern Water SkinkEulamprus tympanum T
Weasel Skink Saproscincus mustelinus T
Eastern Three-lined SkinkSessiane duperryii T
Nil Recorded

Species Recorded for the Local Area

The following species are listed for the local area on the DCNR Atlas of Victorian Wildlife (area boundaries: N 37° 50', S 37° 51', E 145° 00', W 145° 01'). Not all of these species would necessarily occur on Herring Island.

Common NameScientific Name
Birds (native)
Little Black Cormorant Phalacrocorax sulicirostris
Little Pied Cormorant Phalacrocorax melanoleucos
White-faced Heron Ardea novaehollandiae
Pacific Black Duck Anas superciliosa
Brown Goshawk Accipiter fasciatus
Australian Hobby Falco longipennis
Black-shouldered Kite Elanus notatus
Dusky Moorhen Gallinula tenebrosa
Silver Gull Larus novaehollandiae
Rainbow Lorikeet Trichoglossus haernatodus
Eastern Rosella Platycercus eximus
Welcome Swallow Hirundo neaxena
Grey Fantail Rhipidura fuliginosa
Willie Wagtail Rhipidura leucophrys
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike Coracina novaehollandiae
White-browed Scrubwren Sericornis frontalis
Mistletoebird Dicaeum hirundinaceum
Silvereye Zosterops lateralis
Little Wattlebird Anthochaera chrysoptera
Red Wattlebird Anthochaera carunulata
White-plurned Honeyeater Lichenostomus penicillatus
Australian Magpie Lark Grallina cyenoleuca
Australian Magpie Gymonorhina tribicer
Little Raven Corvus mellori
Birds (introduced)
Feral Pigeon Columba livia
Spotted Turtle-dove Streptopelia chinensis
Blackbird Turdus merula
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Common Starling Turdus vulgari
Common Mynah Acridotheres tristis
Mammals (native)
Common Brushtail Possum Trichosurus vulpecula
Common Ringtail Possum Pseudocheirus peregrinus
Mammals (introduced)
Fox Vulpes vulpes
Nil Recorded
Nil Recorded

³ Barn Owl recorded on the island by Clive Marks (DCNR, Kieth Turnbull Research Institute)