PORT PHILLIP BAY


Darter 

Anhinga melanogaster

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Pelecaniformes
Family:
Anhingidae
Genus:
Anhinga
Species:
melanogaster

General Description

Body black (male) or pale brown with a white stripe along the side of the neck (female). Neck very long. Bill yellow with a pointed tip. Body up to 90 cm long.

Biology

Darters hunt prey by spearing fish with their pointed bill. They hold their wings out to dry when perched.

Habitat

Rivers and wetlands.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Scattered populations around Australia.

Species Group

Birds Darters

Max Size

90 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

Yes

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Near Threatened

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Darter, Anhinga melanogaster, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 23 Aug 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7930

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