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Simpson Desert biogeographic subregion

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Simpson Desert biogeographic subregion wetland area by system 2013
System Area (km²) % wetlands area % total area
Total 414.5 100.0% 2.1%
Lacustrine 324.2 78.2% 1.7%
Palustrine 86.2 20.8% 0.4%
Riverine 4.1 1.0% 0.0%

There are approximately 1,508 lacustrine/palustrine wetlands in this region.

Simpson Desert biogeographic subregion wetland area by habitat 2013
Habitat Area (km²) % wetlands area % total area
Total 414.5 100.0% 2.1%
Arid and semi-arid saline swamp 32.3 7.8% 0.2%
Arid and semi-arid lignum swamp (floodplain) 14.4 3.5% 0.1%
Arid and semi-arid grass, sedge and herb swamp (floodplain) 1.4 0.3% 0.0%
Arid and semi-arid lignum swamp (non-floodplain) 23.0 5.5% 0.1%
Arid and semi-arid grass, sedge and herb swamp (non-floodplain) 15.0 3.6% 0.1%
Arid and semi-arid floodplain lake 13.3 3.2% 0.1%
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain lake 310.9 75.0% 1.6%
Riverine 4.1 1.0% 0.0%

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

Simpson Desert biogeographic subregion wetland extent change by system
System 2013 area
(km²)
2009 area
(km²)
2005 area
(km²)
2001 area
(km²)
2013/pre-clear
percentage
Total 414.5 414.5 414.5 414.5 100.0%
Lacustrine 324.2 324.2 324.2 324.2 100.0%
Palustrine 86.2 86.2 86.2 86.2 99.9%
Riverine 4.1 4.1 4.1 4.1 100.0%
Simpson Desert biogeographic subregion wetland extent change by habitat
Habitat 2013 area
(km²)
2009 area
(km²)
2005 area
(km²)
2001 area
(km²)
Total 414.5 414.5 414.5 414.5
Arid and semi-arid saline swamp 32.3 32.3 32.3 32.3
Arid and semi-arid lignum swamp (floodplain) 14.4 14.4 14.4 14.4
Arid and semi-arid grass, sedge and herb swamp (floodplain) 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.4
Arid and semi-arid lignum swamp (non-floodplain) 23.0 23.0 23.0 23.0
Arid and semi-arid grass, sedge and herb swamp (non-floodplain) 15.0 15.0 15.0 15.0
Arid and semi-arid floodplain lake 13.3 13.3 13.3 13.3
Arid and semi-arid non-floodplain lake 310.9 310.9 310.9 310.9
Riverine 4.1 4.1 4.1 4.1

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 881 24 82 9 908
Animals 292 9 49 9 304
Mammals 30 7 0 4 37
Birds 172 2 40 5 176
Reptiles 75 0 0 0 76
Amphibians 8 0 4 0 8
Ray-finned fishes 1 0 1 0 1
Insects 6 0 4 0 6
Fungi 5 0 0 0 5
Plants 584 15 33 0 599

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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This page should be cited as:

Simpson Desert biogeographic subregion — facts and maps, WetlandInfo, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland, viewed 1 February 2017, <https://wetlandinfo.ehp.qld.gov.au/wetlands/facts-maps/biogeographic-subregion-simpson-desert/>.

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