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Murray drainage basin

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Murray drainage basin wetland area by system 2013
System Area (km²) % wetlands area % total area
Total 147.1 100.0% 13.3%
Artificial and highly modified 3.7 2.5% 0.3%
Estuarine 88.7 60.3% 8.0%
Lacustrine 0.0 0.0% 0.0%
Palustrine 50.1 34.0% 4.5%
Riverine 4.7 3.2% 0.4%

There are approximately 282 lacustrine/palustrine wetlands in this region.

Murray drainage basin wetland area by habitat 2013
Habitat Area (km²) % wetlands area % total area
Total 147.1 100.0% 13.3%
Estuarine - mangroves and related tree communities 79.1 53.8% 7.1%
Estuarine - salt flats and saltmarshes 9.6 6.5% 0.9%
Coastal and sub-coastal saline swamp 2.2 1.5% 0.2%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 14.8 10.1% 1.3%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 0.2 0.2% 0.0%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 1.2 0.8% 0.1%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 26.5 18.0% 2.4%
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 2.9 2.0% 0.3%
Coastal and sub-coastal tree swamp—Palm 2.2 1.5% 0.2%
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake 0.0 0.0% 0.0%
Artificial and highly modified wetlands (dams, ring tanks, irrigation channels) 2.9 1.9% 0.3%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 0.2 0.1% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 0.0 0.0% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 0.1 0.1% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 0.1 0.1% 0.0%
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 0.4 0.2% 0.0%
Riverine 4.7 3.2% 0.4%

Disclaimer

Areas do not include marine or estuarine waters but do include estuarine wetland vegetation
(e.g. mangroves and tidal flats).

Areas are approximate and calculated using the GDA94 / Australian Albers projection.

Areas may change over time as mapping approaches improve.

Totals may not match the sum of individually displayed figures due to the rounding of displayed figures.

Wetland extent changes

Murray drainage basin wetland extent change by system
System 2013 area
(km²)
2009 area
(km²)
2005 area
(km²)
2001 area
(km²)
2013/pre-clear
percentage
Total 147.1 147.1 147.4 147.9 74.5%
Artificial and highly modified 3.7 3.7 3.7 3.7 n/a
Estuarine 88.7 88.7 88.7 88.7 99.5%
Lacustrine 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 100.0%
Palustrine 50.1 50.1 50.3 50.9 50.2%
Riverine 4.7 4.7 4.7 4.7 74.5%
Murray drainage basin wetland extent change by habitat
Habitat 2013 area
(km²)
2009 area
(km²)
2005 area
(km²)
2001 area
(km²)
Total 147.1 147.1 147.4 147.9
Estuarine - mangroves and related tree communities 79.1 79.1 79.1 79.1
Estuarine - salt flats and saltmarshes 9.6 9.6 9.6 9.6
Coastal and sub-coastal saline swamp 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 14.8 14.8 14.8 15.0
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 1.2 1.2 1.2 1.2
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 26.5 26.5 26.5 26.9
Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 2.9 2.9 3.1 3.1
Coastal and sub-coastal tree swamp—Palm 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.3
Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain soil lake 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Artificial and highly modified wetlands (dams, ring tanks, irrigation channels) 2.9 2.9 2.9 2.8
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain wet heath swamp 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal non-floodplain grass sedge and herb swamp 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain tree swamp—Melaleuca spp. and Eucalypus spp. 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1
(modified natural) Coastal and sub-coastal floodplain grass, sedge, herb swamp 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4
Riverine 4.7 4.7 4.7 4.7

Disclaimer

Areas do not include marine or estuarine waters but do include estuarine wetland vegetation
(e.g. mangroves and tidal flats).

Areas are approximate and calculated using the GDA94 / Australian Albers projection.

Areas may change over time as mapping approaches improve.

Totals may not match the sum of individually displayed figures due to the rounding of displayed figures.

Wildlife

Kingdom
Class
Native Introduced Wetland
indicator
species
Rare or
threatened
species
All
TOTAL 1645 123 198 50 1769
Animals 461 10 93 25 472
Mammals 62 5 4 11 67
Birds 277 4 50 5 282
Reptiles 67 0 6 3 67
Amphibians 31 1 13 5 32
Ray-finned fishes 20 0 20 0 20
Insects 4 0 0 1 4
Fungi 76 0 0 0 76
Plants 1072 113 105 25 1185
Protists 36 0 0 0 36

Note: Wildlife statistics are based on information that has been submitted to the EHP WildNet database and converted to a 10km² grid. The grid information has been intersected with the mapping polygons to determine the species lists. Click here to view the species grid metadata.

Information from WildNet can also be accessed via Wildlife Online and WetlandMaps.

Rare or threatened includes species listed as extinct, extinct in the wild, critically endangered, endangered, vulnerable or conservation dependent under either the Nature Conservation Act or Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act

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Murray drainage basin — facts and maps, WetlandInfo, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland, viewed 1 August 2017, <https://wetlandinfo.ehp.qld.gov.au/wetlands/facts-maps/basin-murray/>.

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