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Weeds are introduced plants that reproduce or even proliferate unaided. Most weeds are exotic, however native plants can also be considered weeds if introduced outside of their natural range.

What it looks like: Darwin Palm, also known as MacArthur Palm, is a slender multi-stemmed plant of the rainforest understorey. Its bright green fronds have numerous opposite pairs of long, simple leaflets.

What it looks like: The Canefield Rat is a medium-sized, communal rodent with particularly short legs. Except for its pale grey belly and ears, it has dark golden-brown, coarse, almost spiny fur and long guard hairs on its rump.

Brown Treecreepers are small birds that hop up the trunks of trees and are often found singly or in small family parties. The presence of Treecreepers indicates fire has been well managed.

Black-throated Finches are small birds, usually seen in flocks with other Finch species. The presence of these Finches indicates grazing pressure on pasture is light to moderate and that fire has been well managed in woodland areas.

Bush Stone-curlews are nocturnal and are ground dwellers.  They are long legged and long necked with mottle brown, grey and white plumage.  Their presence indicates a diverse environment with woodlands for nesting and open environments for feeding.

How do fire regimes affect vertebrates?
Just as the structure and composition of plant communities reflect their fire history, there will be more habitat diversity in areas where there is greater variety in the frequency and intensity of fires.