Scientific Permit Application 2-17

Application for Scientific Permit – Available for Public Comment

Public comment on the following application for a Scientific Research (Fauna) Permit is open until 13 February.

Applicant: Research School of Biology, Australian National University

Species/Taxon: Fly larvae of the family Chironomidae, subfamily Tanypodinae. Non-targets: other CHironomidae. All other non-targets returned to location via field sorting.

Location: Mount William National Park

Title of research:  Taxonomic revision of Australian Tanypodinae

Aim of project: To re-collect several species of Tanypodinae that I collected originally prior to molecular studies. For phylogenetic and taxonomic descriptive studies. Intention to collect live larvae and rear, plus pupae and adults.


  • I wish to work on these species on reserved land because Mt William remains the only known site. It is not clear if they are present in Tasmania outside the national parks system.
  • Thier continued presence will indicate appropriate management of button grass wetlands since the taxa were first collected int he 1990s
  • Benefits to our understanding of Tasmanian ecology concerning persistence of button grass midge communities.

Maximum likely numbers of individuals involved: Two days dip net survey of appropriate button grass swamps, of which Rattray's Marsh is the only one named on maps. Seeking live larvae for rearing and DNA extraction. No unattended trapping.

Activities undertaken and methods: Use of pond nets and microscope. Non-invasive.

Fate of animals: Non-targets returned to habitat. Targets to be reared, DNA extracted and vouchered as microscope slides in ANIC, CSIRO.

Likely impact on species involved (including any by-catch): Trivial to none.


Scientific Research Permits
Natural Values Conservation Branch
134 Macquarie Street Hobart
TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 4305
Fax: 03 6233 3477

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