The Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment is calling for any sightings of Undaria pinnatifida, also known as Japanese Kelp or Wakame.

Undaria is a golden brown seaweed that grows between 0.5 and 3 metres in length. Key features of Undaria are frilly growth at the base and a stripe up the middle of the frond. It is native to Japan, Korea and some parts of China and Russia, and used as the food product wakame.

Undaria is a fast-growing marine pest and poses a threat to the Victorian marine environment. It has been nominated as among 100 of the world’s worst invasive species according to the Global Invasive Species Database.

Undaria is already within Port Phillip Bay and has recently been discovered in Apollo Bay Harbour. DSE is working closely with the Department of Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and Colac Otway Shire to manage the infestation in Apollo Bay Harbour. More about Undaria on the ALA’s species page and the National Introduced Marine Pest Information System (NIMPIS) website.

Please report any sightings of Undaria from outside Port Phillip Bay or Apollo Bay Harbour to DSE’s Customer Service Centre by phoning 136 186 or

Please send details of sightings (using our standard data recording templates) to or report it to DSE’s Customer Service Centre by phoning 136 186. Data recording templates can be obtained from the above email address.

Undaria pinnatifida. Diagram courtesy of National Introduced Marine Pest Information System (NIMPIS), Sanderson 1990.

Undaria pinnatifida, Japanese Kelp. Photo: Crimp, CSIRO Marine Research.


International Barcode of Life Conference, Adelaide

International BOL Conference logo
The 4th International Barcode of Life Conference will be held at the University of Adelaide between 28th November and 3rd December, 2011.

It will include:
Monday, Tuesday, 28 to 29 Nov: Short courses and special presentations on barcoding informatics and lab procedures.
Wednesday to Saturday, 30 Nov to 3 Dec: Main Conference.

The 2011 Adelaide Conference has several goals:

  • Sharing and discussing important results
  • Looking ahead to emerging technologies and approaches
  • Providing opportunities to plan new activities and form new collaborations
  • Offer training opportunities for newcomers.

The Conference may address any of the following areas of Barcoding:

  • Illegal wildlife and timber trade
  • Pest and disease diagnostics
  • Forensics
  • Quarantine identifications
  • Environmental monitoring & assessment
  • Animal, plant, fungal, protest, bacterial systematics
  • Beyond Barcoding

The Program Committee has designed the conference agenda as a mixture of:

  • Three plenary sessions with presentations of general interest
  • One session with four parallel meetings on barcoding plants, vertebrates, invertebrates, and fungi/microbes
  • One session for viewing poster presentations and exhibit booths. Coffee/tea breaks and lunch service will be in the poster display/exhibit booth area throughout the conference
  • Two sessions with many parallel meetings on taxon-specific discussions
  • One session with parallel meetings devoted to multi-taxon themes such as endangered species, pests and invasive species, biodiversity inventories and monitoring, and disease vectors.

Further information

For any other queries, please contact Sally Brown

Sally Brown – 4th Barcode Conference Secretariat (Conference Connections)
PO Box 108
Kenmore QLD 4069
Ph: (07) 3201 2808
Fax: (07) 3201 2809

By Piers Higgs, Gaia Resources
BIGnet logoBIGnet, the Bird Interest Group network, held their bi-annual meeting on Sunday, 3rd April, 2011 at Lake Parramatta Reserve in Sydney. BIGnet invited Piers Higgs, the ALA’s Citizen Science team leader, to talk to them about the Atlas of Living Australia. BIGnet is a network of birding groups in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, and members from across the region, plus representatives from Birds Australia, came to Sydney for the meeting.

Piers gave a presentation “How can the ALA help BIGnet” (PDF, 6MB), which provided an overview of the Atlas of Living Australia, and demonstrated the citizen science software (the Biological Data Recording System, or BDRS) being used by Birds Australia. Through the partnership between ALA and Birds Australia, an offer was made to the BIGnet groups that they could use the Birds Australia instance of the BDRS software to help manage their own records.

The Birds Australia instance of the citizen science software has been operational for over twelve months. During this time, the main focus has been on the Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo project, where almost 1,000 people have recorded over 4,300 sightings of this species. Birds Australia staff are working on other projects, such as the Black-Cockatoo Night Roosts and Hooded Plover projects, to provide tools for them to capture their data using the Biological Data Recording System.

The BIGnet groups were also interested in some of the other areas that the ALA is working on. Several groups expressed an interest in sharing images through the ALA’s work on Morphbank, while others were keen to look at ways to migrate their data using the built-in uploader in the Citizen Science software, or with the support of the ALA. In the coming weeks, the ALA and Birds Australia are working out ways that the BIGnet group can use the existing web form to records, manage and share their wide range of data about birds with Birds Australia, the ALA and the wider community.

Subscribers interested in citizen science and crowdsourcing may like to read an interview with Healy Hamilton, Director of the Center for Applied Biodiversity Informatics at the California Academy of Sciences, Why the Pros Need Citizen Science

15th ICM Logo

The 15th International Congress of Myriapodology will be held from the 18 July – 22 July, 2011 in Brisbane, Australia.

The congress will have a special focus on the myriapod fauna of Asia and the lands and islands of the Pacific basin.

Conference Website:

Important Dates on Conference Website

  • Call for Abstracts on-line 15 June 2010
  • On-line registration opens 15 June 2010
  • Abstracts due by 31 March 2011
  • Notification of acceptance of abstracts 15 May 2011
  • Early registration closes 17 June 2011
  • Conference starts 17 July 2011

MillipedeMyriapodologists study multi-legged arthropods (centipedes, millipedes, Symphyla and Pauropoda) and velvet worms (Onychophora). These little-studied groups have been shown to be excellent subjects for studies in evolution, biogeography, developmental genetics and environmental monitoring.