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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

4. Foci of biological diversity in Western Australia (continued)

4.9. Gascoyne


181,273 km².

Primary land-use

Extensive sheep grazing.

National Parks and Nature Reserves

Collier Range National Park, Mt Augustus National Park.

Management problems

Land degradation due to over-grazing (Williams 1978; Wilcox and Cunningham 1994).

ANZECC-listed species

The agamid lizard Ctenophorus yinnietharra (V) (Cogger et al. 1993, pp. 69-71).

Species that are regionally endemic

The gecko Diplodactylus wilsoni and the skink Lerista stictopleura (Cogger 1992).

Relict populations

No information.

Other significant populations

Reid and Fleming (1992) considered the bush thick-knee Burhinus grallarius to be declining in this Region.

Wetland sites

No information.


None identified.