But probably most of these plants cannot be used in the aquarium.
And you could refer to http://db.angfa.org.au/plants.php ( Final Reference), the database has details of the plant including the areas, so if you want to look for say plants which go with Melanotaenia australis, which is found in Anopheles Creek, So plants from Anopheles Creek are to searched for.
So I hope now this helps.
From: Sujoy Banerjee <email@example.com>
Date: Mon Feb 20, 2006 11:07 am
Subject: Re: [r_m_l] New Guinea joyban70
Will try and answer some of your questions :-
>1.Is the entire island collectively called "New Guinea"? If >not, what the hey is it called?
New Guinea, located just north of Australia, is the world's second largest island having become separated from the Australian mainland when the area now known as the Torres Strait flooded around 5000 BC. The name papua has also been long-associated with the island. Approximately half of the island is composed of Indonesian territory, while the other half forms the country of Papua New Guinea
The island of New Guinea is divided politically into roughly into equal halves across a north-south line:The western portion of the island of (Irian in Indonesian), located west of 141╟E longitude (see map ) are incorporated into Indonesia as the provinces: West Irian Jaya (Irian Jaya Barat) with Manokwari as its capital Papua (formerly Irian Jaya) with the city of Jayapura as its capital. A proposal to split this province into Central Papua (Papua Tengah) and East Papua (Papua Timur) has not been implemented.
Western New Guinea, which refers to the entire western half of New Guinea
The eastern part forms the primary part of Papua New Guinea, which has been an independent country since 1975.
>2. I ran across the following:
>a) The vegetation of New Guinea is more closely allied >to >the flora of western Asia than to that of the Australian >continent. For
>this reason it has been termed "Malesian", part Asian and >part Melanesian.
>b) Iran Jaya - The vegetation is similar in physiognomy and
>species composition to that of northern Australia
>These two totally contradict each other. Which one is more >correct?
Meganesia is a continent made up of the Australian landmass, New Guinea, Tasmania, and intervening islands. These landmasses are separated by the Torres Strait (Australia and New Guinea) and the Bass Strait (Australia and Tasmania). From biological and geological points of view, however, they form a single unit. As Irian Jaya Papua and West New Guinea all form New Guinea so from the Biological and geological points of view, however, they will still form a single unit.
>3. What exactly is meant by the term "Melanesian"?
"Malesian", part Asian and part Melanesian
>4. For the most part, would it true be that the further north-west you travel in Irian Jaya, the closer the flora resembles that of the rest of Indonesia? Asia?
I think It would be incorrect to mention is like that as because as a land mass they were part of Australia. But it has been mentioned
"Eventually, the Australia-New Guinea tectonic plate collided with the Eurasian plate to the north. The collision caused the northern part of the continent to buckle upwards, forming the high and rugged mountains of New Guinea and, by reverse (downwards) buckling, the Torres Strait that now separates the two main landmasses. The collision also pushed up the islands of Wallacea, which served as island 'stepping-stones' that allowed plants from Southeast Asia's rainforests to colonise New Guinea, and some plants from Australia-New Guinea to move into Southeast Asia. The ocean straits between the islands were narrow enough to allow plant dispersal, but served as an effective barrier to exchange of land mammals between Australia-New Guinea and Asia."
>5. Ditto for the south, only Australia?
Refer to point 4
>6.If one were a real stickler for details and trying to >plant a tank as a display suitable for fish found in southern >Papua New Guinea, would it be "kosher" to substitute plants >found in the northern parts of Australia?
While planning a Biotype Tank for Rainbowfish from New Guinea, please let us know the fishes which you would want to keep and we can plan for the plants that can go with a biotype tank...
Mostly the plants could be :-
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Some More Updates :-
If you want to see what fish go with the various plants from the ANGFA
database go to the fish and make a note of the locations. Then go to the
survey for each of the locations and you should get a list of the plants in
the survey if any were recorded.
While Steve Brooks and I were at Anopheles Creek we found a lovely aquatic
hairgrass which was not listed at the time because we were not sure of the
identity. It might be Websteria confervoides which was discovered here in
the top of Australia a three years ago by local Botanists from the NT
Government Herbarium. All the plants known in Australia can be found here
The hairgrass specimen from Anopheles Creek was sent to Surrey Jacobs of the
Royal Botanic Gardens in NSW for proper identification.
Many of the plants found in the north of Australia are also found in New
Guinea. Maybe New Guinea has a check list of plants recorded somewhere.
You could check all the aquatic plant genus that you know are good in the
aquarium against all the listed plants for New Guinea if you like to torture
yourself. That is what I have done for the north of Australia. I am
still looking for water plants. Some of their pictures are in a photo
album attached to this web page.
If you have any questions about these plants just ask. I donÂ¹t know where
you are but you can probably get plenty of plants in the aquarium trade that
are cosmopolitan or occur right across Asia through New Guinea to the top of
If I look in the Book "Floodplain Flora, a flora of the coastal floodplains
of the Northern Territory, Australia" by Ian Cowie and some others it will
tell me where else in the world the plants occur. I have listed a few that
have New Guinea as their distribution as well as the NT of Australia.
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