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Introduction

Wild Horses are found through most of the Northern Territory, but are particularly abundant in the Gulf region, parts of western Arnhem Land, the Victoria River District, and the West MacDonnell Ranges.

Introduction 

Perennial Mission Grass is well-established across the Top End of the Northern Territory. Its stronghold is in the Darwin-Daly region, but it is also found in north-east Arnhem Land, on the Tiwi Islands and as far south as Daly Waters. Originally from tropical Africa, it was brought to Australia as a pasture species that is palatable when young or well-fertilized, and because of its ability to colonise disturbed sites. Though officially released in Queensland, its escape into the wild in the Northern Territory at Berrimah in the 1970s was apparently accidental.

Introduction

Seagrasses are marine flowering plants that have adapted to growing in muddy, near-shore environments. They form meadows wherever the ocean is shallow enough to allow the sunlight to reach the sea floor. Seagrass meadows are found in river estuaries, along the coast and, if the water is clear enough, way out to sea in waters up to 60 m deep. Recent mapping of the seagrass distribution along the eastern half of the Northern Territory coastline found over 70,000 hectares of intertidal and shallow sub-tidal seagrass beds.

Introduction

There is perhaps no animal in Australia that arouses such mixed emotions as does the Dingo. A relatively recent arrival to the country, Dingoes, along with Wild Dogs, can inflict much damage on livestock. Dingoes mainly feed on native mammals, and are likely to have driven some native species to extinction soon after they were brought to northern Australia from eastern Asia around 5,000 years ago.

What it looks like: The Speartooth Shark, also known as Bizant River Shark, is grey in colour, paler below than above. It can grow to around 3 m in length. It has a pale, just visible, stripe across its flanks, a short, broadly rounded snout and small eyes. Unlike in the Northern River Shark, which has uniformly grey skin around its eyes, the eyes of the Speartooth Shark are located at the point of colour change.

What it looks like: The Green Sawfish is large, greenish-brown to olive sawfish. It has been reported to reach 7.3 m in length, but more often grows to less than 5 m. It has a slender, saw-shaped snout with 24 to 34 pairs of teeth, or modified scales, which become closer together toward the tip. Its body is pale underneath and it has rough skin.

Introduction

Goats were brought to Australia on the First Fleet as a source of meat and milk. They were taken wherever early settlers went, and many were released into the wild. Feral Goats are currently not a problem in mainland Northern Territory, with their spread being kept in check by Dingos. However, they are found on a few offshore islands, including North Goulburn Island, Truant Island, off Nhulunbuy, and Vanderlin and West Islands in the Sir Edward Pellew group.