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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)

11.6. Reference number SA6

Refuge area: Lake Gairdner

Biogeographic region: Gawler

Type of refuge: Wetland

Lat./Long. 30°59’S / 135°12’E

Quality of refuge: Significant (2)

Area (km²): <10,000

Chief refuge value

An extensive saline system providing occasional habitat for waterbirds.

General description

A complex of large saline lakes in relatively pristine condition; others in the complex include Lakes Harris, Everard and Acraman1. Little is known of the ecology of these Lakes.

ANZECC-listed species

None identified.

Regional endemics

None identified.

Relict species

None identified.

Other significant species

None identified.

Key threats

None identified.

Land tenure

Pastoral leases.

Key references

1. Morelli and Drewien (1993)