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Marrawah Skipper


Oreisplanus munionga subsp. laranaMarrawah Skipper

Group:Arthropoda, Insecta (insects), Lepidoptera (butterflies, moths), Hesperiidae (Skippers)
Status:Threatened Species Protection Act 1995: endangered
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999: Vulnerable
Found only in Tasmania
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The Marrawah Skipper (Oreisplanus munionga subsp. larana) is a brightly coloured butterfly, rich caramel brown above with pale yellow wing marking and pale yellow below. The Marrawah Skipper is a subspecies which is endemic to Tasmania; another subspecies is found in alpine areas of mainland Australia. Known only from the coastal and near-coastal areas of the northwest coast of Tasmania, it is exclusively associated with the tussock-sedge Carex appressa, which is its larval host and food plant. Its habitat ranges from dense Carex appressa sedgeland (e.g. along drains and forest margins) and swamp forest to plantations and pasture. The main threats to the Marrawah Skipper are clearing of coastal and near-coastal habitat, further fragmentation of subpopulations, and inappropriate disturbance including cattle grazing, weed invasion and forestry. The objectives for managing this subspecies include protection of known subpopulations, location of other subpopulations, and increasing understanding of the species' ecology.

A complete species management profile is not currently available for this species. Check for further information on this page and any relevant Activity Advice.

Key Points

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Further information

​Check also for listing statement or notesheet pdf above (below the species image).

​​Cite as: Threatened Species Section (). (): Species Management Profile for Tasmania's Threatened Species Link. ​ ​Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania. Accessed on .

Contact details: Threatened Species Section, Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania​, GPO Box 44, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 7001. Phone (1300 368 550).

Permit: A permit is required under the Tasmanian Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 to 'take' (which includes kill, injure, catch, damage, destroy and collect), keep, trade in or process any specimen or products of a listed species. Additional permits may also be required under other Acts or regulations to take, disturb or interfere with any form of wildlife or its products, (e.g. dens, nests, bones). This may also depend on the tenure of the land and other agreements relating to its management. ​​​​​