Delimiting the distribution of the exotic Smooth Newt in Melbourne

  • Tingley, Reid (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

This project will facilitate management and potential eradication of an exotic species - the European smooth newt (Lissotriton vulgaris) - and demonstrate the benefits of eDNA sampling for surveying aquatic species.

The distribution of the European smooth newt in Melbourne will be determined by conducting a broad-scale eDNA survey of waterbodies in Melbourne’s southeast. These data will be used to develop a reliable map of newt distribution to inform potential eradication.
Effective start/end date1/10/1930/06/20


  • Invasive species
  • Environmental DNA
  • Surveillance