Species Profile and Threats Database

For information to assist in referral, environmental assessment and compliance issues, refer to the Listing Advice and/or Conservation Advice and Recovery Plan. The Listing and/or Conservation Advice define the national ecological community and may include Key Diagnostic Characteristics, Condition Thresholds, Priority Research and Conservation Actions and additional considerations.
In addition, for recovery planning, mitigation and conservation information, refer to the Recovery Plan (where available) or the Conservation Advice.

EPBC Act Listing Status Listed as Endangered
Date Effective 07 Jan 2009
Listing and Conservation Advices For ecological communities listed from 2013 onwards, there is no separate listing advice. Instead, the advice from the Threatened Species Scientific Committee regarding the listing status of the ecological community and recommendation regarding a recovery plan are contained within the Conservation Advice.
Commonwealth Listing Advice on Alpine Sphagnum Bogs and Associated Fens (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008aey) [Listing Advice].
Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Alpine Sphagnum Bogs and Associated Fens (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008aez) [Conservation Advice].
Recovery Plan Decision Recovery Plan required, this community and its surrounding region are host to a range of interests including numerous nationally threatened flora and fauna species. It is expected that all existing management plans and conservation initiatives would be taken into account when developing a Recovery Plan for this ecological community. A study that could benefit the development of a Recovery Plan is a proposal from the Australian Alps Liaison Committee, which is under consideration by the Department of Climate Change, to identify and combat the effects of climate change and the significant impact these are likely to have on major inland water resources (12/12/2008).
Adopted/Made Recovery Plans
Other EPBC Act Plans
Policy Statements and other Information Sheets Alpine Sphagnum Bogs and Associated Fens - EPBC Act policy statement 3.16 - Nationally threatened species and ecological communities (Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA), 2009y) [Admin Guideline].
Federal Register of Legislative Instruments Inclusion of ecological communities in the list of threatened ecological communities under section 181 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Alpine Sphagnum Bogs and Associated Fens) (17/12/2008) (Commonwealth of Australia, 2008u) [Legislative Instrument].
Indicative Distribution Map(s) Map of Alpine Sphagnum Bogs and Associated Fens (Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA), 2008acz) [Indicative Map].
Distribution Map Community Distribution Map

This map has been compiled from datasets with a range of scales and quality. Species or ecological community distributions included in this map are only indicative and not meant for local assessment. Planning or investment decisions at a local scale should seek some form of ground-truthing to confirm the existence of the species or ecological community at locations of interest. Such assessments should refer to the text of the Listing Advice, which is the legal entity protected under the EPBC Act.

For the legal definition of the ecological community please refer to the listing advice and other documents under Legal Status and Documents.

The following species occur in the Alpine Sphagnum Bogs and Associated Fens ecological community and are listed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (TSSC 2008aey):

Group Scientific name Common name Status
Amphibians Pseudophryne corroboree Southern Corroboree Frog Endangered
Pseudophryne pengilleyi Northern Corroboree Frog Vulnerable
Philoria frosti Baw Baw Frog Endangered
Litoria booroolongensis Booroolong Frog Endangered
Litoria verreauxii alpina Verreaux's Alpine Tree Frog Vulnerable
Birds Gallinago hardwickii Latham's Snipe Migratory, Marine
Plants Euphrasia eichleri Bogong Eyebright Vulnerable

Various components of the Alpine Sphagnum Bogs and Associated Fens ecological community have been described according to a range of floristic associations (TSSC 2008aey):

State/Territory Classification Community Name
Victoria EVC 171 Alpine Fen
EVC 210   Sub-alpine Wet Heathland  
EVC 221   Sub-alpine Wet Heathland/Alpine Fen Mosaic  
EVC 288-61   Alpine Valley Peatland (Raised Bog)  
EVC 288-62   Alpine Valley Peatland (Valley Bog)  
EVC 917   Sub-alpine Wet Sedgeland  
EVC 1011   Alpine Peaty Heathland  
Tasmania TASVEG MSP Sphagnum peatland
NSW (Keith 2004) Keith Vegetation Class Alpine Bogs and Fens
Mainland (McDonald & Walsh 2007) Community 1 Baw Baw – Lake Mountain Wet Heathland
Community 2   Richea continentisCarpha nivicola Sphagnum cristatum Wet Heathland
Community 3   Baeckea gunninana Callistemon pityoides Sphagnum cristatum Wet Heathland
Community 8   Fen  

Keith, D.A. (2004). Ocean Shores to Desert Dunes; the native vegetation of New South Wales and the ACT. New South Wales: Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Environment and Climate Change.

McDougall, K. & N. Walsh (2007). Treeless vegetation of the Australian Alps. Cunninghamia. 10(1):1-57.

Threatened Species Scientific Committee (2008aey). Commonwealth Listing Advice on Alpine Sphagnum Bogs and Associated Fens. [Online]. Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. Available from:

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This database is designed to provide statutory, biological and ecological information on species and ecological communities, migratory species, marine species, and species and species products subject to international trade and commercial use protected under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act). It has been compiled from a range of sources including listing advice, recovery plans, published literature and individual experts. While reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, no guarantee is given, nor responsibility taken, by the Commonwealth for its accuracy, currency or completeness. The Commonwealth does not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage that may be occasioned directly or indirectly through the use of, or reliance on, the information contained in this database. The information contained in this database does not necessarily represent the views of the Commonwealth. This database is not intended to be a complete source of information on the matters it deals with. Individuals and organisations should consider all the available information, including that available from other sources, in deciding whether there is a need to make a referral or apply for a permit or exemption under the EPBC Act.

Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Alpine Sphagnum Bogs and Associated Fens in Community and Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed 2014-09-20T14:40:34EST.