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What's new September 2022?
Wetlands of Queensland book
The Wetlands of Queensland book is the product of a multi-year collaboration between the Department of Environment and Science and the Queensland Museum.
It shows the variety, beauty and complexity of the wetlands in Queensland, and how the plants and animals within them have evolved to thrive in the vastly different climate zones and landscapes within the state.
At nearly 450 pages, this richly illustrated publication includes more than 500 sensational images from all parts of Queensland — from seagrass and sandflats at the tip of Cape York, to the spectacular waterfalls of the Gondwana Rainforests, and west to the vibrant yellow lakes at the fringe of the Simpson Desert.
Almost 30 authors with expertise in various aspects of wetland ecology contributed to the text, to help readers understand why wetlands are such a critical component of our environment, and the many ecosystem services they provide.
Wetlands of Queensland is now available through the QM Shop. It’s the perfect Christmas present for lovers of natural history, environmental science or landscape photography.
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Wetlands are important for our environment, economy and our livelihoods. They have many functions from reducing floods to producing clean water and food for humans, industry and agriculture. They provide important habitat for many animals and plants. Wetlands are the great ‘connectors’ across our landscape providing places for our enjoyment and relaxation. Regardless of whether you are doing a school or uni assignment, managing a wetland or undertaking research, you will find a wealth of information here on WetlandInfo. Read more…
WetlandInfo feature species
The feature species for June is the Shield Shrimp, Triops australiensis. Triops australiensis are desert dwelling crustaceans, spawning in temporary pools and claypans filled by rain. Eggs are highly resistant to drought and may need to be completely desiccated for a period, before larvae develops when it rains again. Dried eggs are easily dispered by wind and animals feet. When hatched, Triops australiensis begins life as a larva (called a nauplius) and forms a third eye, which is used to detect light.
Triops australiensis has a large carapace that shields its head and upper body. Triops australiensiscan grow up to 5-7cm in length. Recent work on Triops australiensis suggests there are distinct genetic races, and even separate species, in different isolated habitats.