Scenery
Cool fact…
Mackerel icefish are one of the most common fish species found in the shallower waters of the Kerguelen Plateau and along with Patagonian toothfish, form the basis for a commercial fishery in the region. Icefish are remarkable because they lack haemoglobin or red blood cells, resulting in blood that is an opalescent white/gray in colour, and cream coloured gills, liver and heart.

Plant

Images of the hardy vegetation that braves the harsh conditions to live at Heard Island and McDonald Islands…

Acaena magellanica
Azorella selago and pringlea antiscorbutica
Buttercup (Ranunculus crassipes)
Buzzy burr (Acaena magellanica)
Buzzy burr (Acaena magellanica)
Callitriche antarctica
Closed cushion carpet vegetation
Clumps of the grass Deschampsia antarctica
Clumps of the grass Poa kerguelensis
Colobanthus kerguelensis
Cushion plants (Azorella selago)
Fungus (Scutellinia sp.), a non-vascular plant
Kerguelen Cabbage (Pringlea antiscorbutica)
Kerguelen Cabbage (Pringlea antiscorbutica)
Kerguelen Cabbage (Pringlea antiscorbutica) flowers
Kerguelen Cabbage (Pringlea antiscorbutica) maturing fruits
Kerguelen Cabbage (Pringlea antiscorbutica) monostand
Kerguelen Cabbage (Pringlea antiscorbutica) slope
Kerguelen Cabbage (Pringlea antiscorbutica) with maturing fruits
Leaves of the cushion plant Azorella selago
Lichen
Lichen (Xanthoria sp.), a non-vascular plant
Montia fontana
Moss, a non-vascular plant
Moss (Brachythecium sp.)
Mossy feldmark vegetation
Open cushion carpet vegetation
Poa annua
Poa kerguelensis
The newly found daisy, Leptinella plumosa
Tussock Grass (Poa cookii)
Tussock Grass (Poa cookii)
Wet mixed herbfield vegetation
Wet mixed herbfield vegetation
This page was last updated on 28 February 2005.