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Listed under:  Science  >  Life  >  Living things  >  Eukaryotes  >  Animals

Victorian marine fossils

This is an information sheet that provides a summary of the major kinds of invertebrate fossils found in Victoria. The sheet is available as a PDF for download.



This collection of 24 digital curriculum resources is organised into categories of insects, arachnids, centipedes and crustaceans, with descriptions of their sometimes bizarre body features and behaviours in a category titled body structure and adaptations. Colour photographs, scientific illustrations and close-up microscope ...


Australian animals

This collection of 25 digital curriculum resources is organised into four categories - communities of Australian animals, animals in art and stories, vertebrates and invertebrates. Images, including photographs, scientific illustrations and Indigenous art, depict some well-known and some lesser known Australian animals. ...



This website is devoted to Victoria's indigenous butterflies, snakes, frogs, mammals and lizards.

Interactive resource

Flow of energy: seagrass

Use this tool to create a diagram that shows the flow of energy within a seagrass ecosystem. Select and position appropriate items of a food chain, symbols, lines and text boxes to build an energy diagram. You can use the images from the tool or import your own images.

Interactive resource

Who lives here?

Search a rainforest habitat in north-east Australian for clues about animals that live there. Track down hidden animals. Find clues such as animal sounds, tracks and shadows. Check species descriptions to identify which animals might live in the area. Write a survey report including observations and conclusions.


Some Australian beetles, flies, ants, wasps and bees

This is a group of colour scientific illustrations of some Australian beetles, flies, ants, wasps and bees showing a range of shapes and body forms. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Orders: (A-J) Coleoptera, (K-P) Diptera, (Q-V) Hymenoptera.)

Moving Image

Animals that like wet weather

Imagine a place where it rains most of the time. What sort of creatures might live there? This clip shows a very wet place where the animals need lots of water to survive.


Skin and scales, feathers and fur

This collection of media resources focuses on the features of a variety of animals and how these features help the animals meet their needs for food, shelter and safety from predators.

Interactive resource

Animal groups: at the zoo 2

Look at groups of animals: invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Explore characteristics of common species. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

Assessment resource

Animal classification: assessment

Test your understanding of animal groups based on their physical features. Create your own Venn diagram to compare two animal groups. For example, show that having a backbone is common to both mammals and fish. View and print out an assessment report. This assessment object is one in a series of four objects.

Teacher resource

Animal classification: assessment: teacher guide

Use this guide with 'Animal search: classification: assessment' (L9179). First, see a profile of that assessment object, which gives you some helpful background information. Then follow clear guidelines on the marking and interpretation of student input from that object's report. Read notes on the main anticipated levels ...


Threatened Victorian non-marine invertebrates

This is an information sheet that names the 46 species of invertebrate listed as threatened in Victoria under the 'Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988'. It also provides information about the threats to them, including habitat loss.


Life stages of the European wasp

This is an information sheet about the egg, larval, pupal and adult stages of the European wasp, 'Vespula germanica'. It also describes what happens to the wasp population over the course of the year.


Introduced marine organisms in Port Phillip Bay

This is an information sheet describing some of the approximately 100 marine species that have been introduced accidentally to Port Phillip Bay.


'Inostrancevia' skeleton, 2009

This is a video in which Museum Victoria's Dave Pickering talks about an 'Inostrancevia' skeleton. Inostrancevia belongs to the group known as mammal-like reptiles: a group of reptiles that lived before the dinosaurs and shared some features of reptiles as well as some features of mammals. The video was made as part of ...

Interactive Resource

EnviroNorth: savanna walkabout

This is an interactive website about Australia's savannas. It has four main sections providing information about where tropical savannas are located across the world; the importance of termites in Australia's tropical savannas ecosystem; the lifecycle of the termite; and the research being conducted in Australia's savannas. ...


Some Australian grasshoppers, cockroaches, a mantid and an earwig

This is a group of colour scientific illustrations of some Australian insects of the Orders Mantodea (mantids), Blattodea (cockroaches), Dermaptera (earwigs) and Orthoptera (grasshoppers and katydids). (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda.)


Land crayfish

This is an information sheet on land crayfish. It provides information about their classification, distribution, behaviour and life cycle.

Interactive Resource

All about eggs: Where do eggs come from?

This interactive lesson teaches students about egg-laying animals, with a particular focus on chickens. Students will identify categories of animals and the quantity and appearance of their eggs. They will represent data relating to hens and eggs laid on farms in Australia and discover why egg farming is important. They ...