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Refugia for biological diversity in arid and semi-arid Australia

Biodiversity Series, Paper No. 4
S.R. Morton, J. Short and R.D. Barker, with an Appendix by G.F. Griffin and G. Pearce
Biodiversity Unit
Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories, 1995

11. Refugia in South Australia (continued)

11.11. Reference number SA11

Refuge area: Goyder's Lagoon

Biogeographic region: Channel Country

Type of refuge: Wetland

Lat./Long. 26°40’S / 139°20’E

Quality of refuge: Significant (3)

Area (km²): <1,000

Chief refuge value

A long-lived wetland providing habitat for a variety of aquatic and terrestrial organisms in an otherwise arid and waterless environment.

General description

An extensive system of channels and floodouts on the lower reaches of the Diamantina River.

ANZECC-listed species

The kowari Dasycercus byrnei (E) occurs in the vicinity1.

Regional endemics

None identified.

Relict species

A distinctive race of the grey grasswren, Amytornis barbatus diamantina, is found only in Goyder's Lagoon and in a few other isolated pockets in far western Queensland2.

Other significant species

Grass owls exist as an isolated population in the Lagoon3.

Key threats

None identified.

Land tenure

Pastoral lease.

Key references

1. Reid and Gillen (1988)

2. Schodde and Christidis (1987)

3. Cox (1976)