Draft Christmas Island Biodiversity Conservation Plan

Department of the Environment, 2014

Public comment

You are invited to comment on this draft recovery plan in accordance with the provisions of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

The public comment period closes 9 August 2014.

If you wish to comment on this draft plan, please send your comments, quoting the title of the plan, to:

Email: recoveryplans@environment.gov.au

Terrestrial Species Conservation Section
Protected Species and Communities Branch
Wildlife, Heritage and Marine Division
Department of the Environment
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601


About this document

The Draft Christmas Island Biodiversity Conservation Plan has been prepared as a recovery plan for the following 17 species listed as critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), and inhabit the island’s terrestrial environments:

Vascular plants

  • Asplenium listeri (Christmas Island spleenwort)
  • Pneumatopteris truncata (a fern)
  • Tectaria devexa var. minor (a fern)


  • Crocidura trichura (Christmas Island shrew)
  • Pipistrellus murrayi (Christmas Island pipistrelle)
  • Pteropus melanotus natalis (Christmas Island flying-fox)


  • Accipiter hiogaster natalis (Christmas Island goshawk)
  • Chalcophaps indica natalis (emerald dove Christmas Island)
  • Fregata andrewsi (Christmas Island frigatebird)
  • Ninox natalis (Christmas Island hawk-owl)
  • Papasula abbotti (Abbott’s booby)
  • Turdus poliocephalus erythropleurus (Christmas Island thrush)


  • Cryptoblepharus egeriae (blue-tailed skink)
  • Cyrtodactylus sadleiri (giant gecko)
  • Emoia nativitatis (forest skink)
  • Lepidodactylus listeri (Lister’s gecko)
  • Ramphotyphlops exocoeti (Christmas Island blind snake)

This plan has been developed to provide the management and research actions necessary to stop the decline of, and support the recovery of, these species, including actions needed to protect their habitats. This plan replaces eight of the existing approved recovery plans for individual species endemic to Christmas Island but does not replace existing threat abatement plans.

A major focus of this plan is to address threatening processes, particularly invasive species, that affect these listed species as well as other species pivotal to the ecological integrity of the island’s ecosystems. Actions in this plan are also intended to benefit the broader Christmas Island ecosystem.